As the winter transfer window comes closer and closer Aston Villa are being linked with more and more potential transfers.
The reports in England suggested that Aston Villa are keen to land Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres.
The 24-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The Spain international has three years left on his current contract which expires in 2024.
This season, Torres has scored one goal in 14 appearances for Villarreal.
He is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Spain. Torres has also left his mark at the international stage after netting one goals in 16 senior appearances for the Spain national team.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard wants to sign a new centre-back and Torres is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. Gerrard has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe.
The Premier League club are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “Aston Villa are interested in Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres, as new manager Steven Gerrard looks to put his stamp on the side with a player he loves. The manager will be keen on recruiting some star names to the side to continue on the right path. As such, Villa are reported to be interested in Spain international Pau Torres. Gerrard is said to be ‘in love with’ the centre-back, and as such is keen on bringing him to England. The Spaniard has also been described as ‘extraordinary’. Defensive woes are apparent at Villa this season. The side have conceded 20 goals in the Premier League, one of the highest tallies of any team. Furthermore, there have been constant changes of the centre-back partnership. Each of Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, Kourtney Hause and Axel Tuanzebe have started at some point this season. Of course, Gerrard will figure out his preferred partnership the longer he spends with the squad. If the manager is not happy with how some players perform, replacing them could certainly reap rewards in his quest to climb the table. Spurs remain keen now Conte is at the helm. However, he appears more likely to turn his attentions to former club Inter Milan as he seeks a new defender. That said, the report claims Gerrard is planning an ambitious approach and they look a more likely suitor than Tottenham.”
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Aston Villa will have to present a really enticing offer to bring Villarreal to the negotiating table. Villa have the resources to tempt them but it will be interesting to see if they are willing to overpay for the player. Villarreal are preparing to sell their centre-back should they receive a massive offer for him.
Pau Torres ideal fit for Aston Villa?
He would be a fantastic recruit for Aston Villa. A centre-back of Torres’ ceiling will be a massive addition to Villa squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Gerrard’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his defensive department.
It will be interesting to see if Villa can beat their rivals to the centre-back’s signature.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.