Fabio Paratici is reportedly aiming to convince Pau Torres to move to Tottenham this summer, though the La Liga defender is said to be happy in Spain ahead of the new season.
Torres, 24, had been tentatively linked to fellow clubs Arsenal and Chelsea earlier in this transfer window but Manchester United’s interest was the strongest before they instead opted to move or Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.
The centre-half has had a busy summer for club and country, featuring in Euro 2020, the Olympics with Spain, and in the Super Cup defeat for Villarreal against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
His future has been a talking point all summer with several reports touting the Premier League as a potential destination for the Spaniard.
Spurs are said to be interested in the defender as they look for a centre-back to partner new signing Cristian Romero in Nuno Espirito Santo’s proposed defensive overhaul this summer.
But fresh reports suggest that despite Torres’ initial refusal to consider the project in N17, Italian sporting director Fabio Paratici is doing his utmost best to convince the Euro 2020 star that Tottenham is the right move for him.
Spanish outlet AS (via Sport Witness) have reported that the new Europa Conference League club are willing to increase their proposal for the player to tempt him into moving to north London this summer.
If Spurs were to sign the Olympic silver medallist, former Arsenal and now Villarreal manager Unai Emery has already given his recommendation to any Premier League club’s interested that Torres is the right player for them.
“Pau Torres is an amazing player – I think he’s top,” Emery told football.london.
“I’ve been a coach in Sevilla, PSG, Arsenal and I’ve never seen a centre-back like Pau Torres.
“I think he’s going to play at the highest level, he’s playing now in the national team but he can play in the top teams in Europe very soon.”
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The 24-year-old played in a total of 33 La Liga games last time out for the Yellow Submarine, contributing four surprise goal involvements and being part of a rearguard that kept a total 10 clean sheets.
He received a decent WhoScored.com rating for the European Championships of 6.58 for a Spain side that were knocked out by the eventual winners Italy in the semi-final.
If Torres does not leave this summer, Jules Kounde and Takehiro Tomiyasu are the two main alternatives said to be targeted to play alongside Copa America winner Romero.