Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all considered signing Pau Torres this summer, but were put off by Villarreal’s €40-45m asking price.
This is according to Fabrizio Romano in the latest edition of his exclusive CaughtOffside column, with the reporter explaining that there was a lot of interest in Torres this summer and that he personally sees this as a great opportunity for top clubs.
Torres has impressed in La Liga over the years but has yet to earn a big move, and it remains to be seen whether he will ultimately end up being snapped by one of Europe’s elite players.
There has been much speculation about the Spanish international and Premier League clubs, and Romano has confirmed that a number of top teams explored this possibility in the most recent transfer window.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs were among Torres’s suitors, but it seems that the asking price was the main problem.
“Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham also explored this possibility, but they didn’t want to spend €40m or €45m,” Romano said.
“I think it is a very good opportunity in the market; He has experience, quality, left foot… a very good central defender”.
Torres could have been a useful signing for Chelsea as they looked for replacements for Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer, but ended up signing Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana instead.
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Spurs didn’t prioritize a centre-back this summer, instead making the Cristian Romero loan permanent, which most fans will probably be happy enough with.
Arsenal also don’t seem to need Torres urgently given that they have William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes in good form, while Ben White is also a solid option at that position.