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Tottenham Hotspur Set Their Sights On This La Liga Defender: Should Conte Move In For Him?

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In a recent report, Sky Italia revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have set their sights on Villarreal defender Pau Torres. It has been stated that Spurs are willing to send Giovani Lo Celso in the other direction to bring the Spanish centre-back to North London this summer.

Torres’ Impressive Run Of Form In Spanish Football

Torres experienced a solid season at the Estadio de la Cerámica as he put in a series of impressive performances in Unai Emery’s central defence. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net on six occasions and grabbed one assist in 47 appearances for the Yellow Submarine in the previous campaign across various competitions.

The Spain international has been a solid presence on the defensive end of the pitch based on his average of 1.0 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 3.1 clearances per game in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from the back, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 85.8% in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

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MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 12: Pau Torres of Villarreal CF celebrates after scoring their side’s fourth goal during the La Liga Santander match between Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal CF at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on May 12, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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Should Tottenham Hotspur Boss Antonio Conte Move In For Torres?

Torres has been a rock at the back for Villarreal over the past couple of seasons. He can read the danger quickly and can make some timely interceptions inside his half.

Standing at 1.91m, the Spaniard can use his strong frame to dominate the opposition and doesn’t mind clearing his lines when in danger of being exposed at the back.

At 25, Torres is about to enter his prime, so Tottenham boss Antonio Conte can expect to make the most out of his services if he can devise a way to lure him to the English capital this summer.

The 18-time Spain international has what it takes to become a success story at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Conte demands from his central defenders and could help Spurs challenge for a major trophy or two in the coming seasons. Thus, the North London giants should consider moving in for Torres before the start of the new campaign even if it means giving up Giovani Lo Celso in the process.

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