Who is Pau Torres? The Villarreal defender wanted by Chelsea, Man Utd and Real Madrid

Martin Macdonald
Who is Pau Torres? The Villarreal defender wanted by Man Utd, Man City and Real Madrid

Villarreal are bracing themselves for a big money bid for star defender Pau Torres.

Torres has developed into one of the best young defenders in La Liga and is fully established within the starting XI for Spain, too.

The 24-year-old will be at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war when the window re-opens, such is his quality.

Apart from a loan deal away at Malaga for the 2018/19 season, Torres has been at Villarreal his whole career, including at youth level.

What position does Pau Torres play in?

Torres is very much in the mould of a now-traditional ball-playing Spanish centre-back, similar in possession to the likes of Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos.

Though he perhaps lacks the aggressive nature of a Ramos, his quality on the ball is undisputed as he helps Unai Emery’s side build play from the back.

What he does have in his favour in a physical sense is his height, as he stands at 6ft 4, which enables him to dominate strikers aerially. Even with his towering stature, he has a graceful nature when striding forward from defence.

Torres is regarded as one of the most graceful defenders in La Liga

Torres is regarded as one of the most graceful defenders in La Liga

How good is Pau Torres?

Any player who is deemed good enough to be a potential replacement for Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid will certainly have good qualities, and Torres has talent in abundance.

On average in La Liga in the 2020/21 campaign, he completed 64.4 passes per game for a success rate of 88%, with 8.4 of those being sent into dangerous areas into the final third.

Although the final third statistic is not near the top of the leaderboard, that is mainly due to how Villarreal play, as he is regularly asked to pass possession on to deep-lying midfielders Dani Parejo, Vicente Iborra and Francis Coquelin.

Within La Liga, he wins the majority of his duels (64%), the majority of his aerial duels (64%) and averages 5.8 ball recoveries per game.

“I’ve been a coach in Sevilla, PSG, Arsenal and I’ve never seen a centre-back like Pau Torres.”Unai Emery

His current boss Emery believes he has the quality to play for an elite club.

“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.”

With Ramos and Pique both at the veteran stage of their careers, Torres is viewed as the future of the defence within the Spanish national team.

What clubs are interested in Pau Torres?

Real Madrid have a long-standing interest in Torres and he is near the top of their list to come in as a long-term replacement for Ramos, who has now joined PSG.

Torres has a release clause believed to be €50 million. With that brings only a small number of teams who can afford him this summer, with money tight at most clubs due to the pandemic.

Real Madrid, Man Utd and Man City target Pau Torres of Villarreal

Real Madrid, Man Utd and Man City target Pau Torres of Villarreal

The club most recently linked with Torres is Chelsea.

The Blues were interested in Jules Kounde over the summer but have apparently turned their attentions to another player in La Liga in Torres.

When does Pau Torres’ contract expire?

Torres’ €50m release clause was established when he signed a five-year contract with Villarreal back in 2019, which will take him up until the summer of 2024.

The Yellow Submarine, then, are under no pressure to sell him for a discounted price.

What is Pau Torres’ Instagram?

Torres’ Instagram account has 155k followers as of March 2021.

Who is Pau Torres’ girlfriend?

Torres is not currently dating anyone publicly.