Arsenal are reportedly beating both Manchester City and Chelsea in the race to sign Villarreal defender Pau Torres, who has shone in Spain’s top tier over the past couple of seasons – and Gunners fans are excited.
90Min have claimed that 22-year-old centre-back Torres is on the shortlist of all three Premier League clubs, but that Arsenal are winning the race for the defender – despite him signing a new five-year contract in October.
It is believed that Torres has a release clause between the region of £44million and £66million, but The Gunners are keen to bring him to The Emirates for a smaller fee. A move is expected next summer, rather than in January.
Torres went on loan to Malaga in Spain’s second tier last term, clocking up 40 appearances. In that time, he kept 15 clean sheets and it saw him gain a place in Villarreal’s starting eleven this time around where he has clocked up eight matches.
The Spanish centre-back is renowned for his strength in the air, his leadership despite being young and his ability to read the game a step ahead of most players. He even scored in a 2-1 defeat to Osasuna this month.
Arsenal fans have reacted to their news that Unai Emery reportedly wants to bring his fellow countryman in Torres to north London, and the majority are keen to see him make the trip to the capital.
If he is better than mustafi we good
— Manny (@mannysolomon25) October 12, 2019
Basically Spanish Maldini
— Malone (@Auba14i) October 12, 2019
Ball playing CB, left footer, good in possession, likes a long ball.
Been Villarreal a few years, onloan last year at Malaga did very well.
Been a sensation this season, on verge of la liga TOS so far. Just got First Spain call up.
Good in the air, only worry is strength for me
— Jay Hall %eMeRyOuT (@ifoundthates) October 12, 2019
I have seen him play a few times this season. He looks really good
— Aisha bin Abubakar (@AishaSharu) October 12, 2019
We should ask Santi
— Den 🇩🇪 (@DenReus11) October 12, 2019
— mmoeketxi18 (@mmoeketxi18) October 12, 2019