Pau Torres has handed a boost to a trio of chasing Premier League clubs this summer, with The Daily Mail reporting that the Villarreal defender is now ready to leave his hometown club after helping them to a Champions League semi-final.
There was significant interest in the Spaniard last summer, but after helping Unai Emery's side to Europa League success at the expense of Manchester United (ironically one of the interested clubs), the defender chose to stay and help his side through their first Champions League campaign in a decade.
Now, however, with Villarreal sitting four points behind even a Conference League spot for next season with four games to go, The Daily Mail claim that the Spaniard has decided to move on, with his buyout clause still at £55m twelve months on from significant interest.
Trio of Premier League clubs interested
It is thought that both Manchester clubs, in addition to Tottenham, are interested in adding Torres to their squads this summer.
At present, the Lilywhites appear to have the most concrete interest, while Manchester City are well-stocked in the centre-back department, and Manchester United are awaiting the arrival of Erik ten Hag before they make any transfer decisions.
And, The Daily Mail claim that while 'both those sides remain among his admirers', 'Tottenham believe they can give him the ideal next step - providing they can meet Villarreal's price'.
Chelsea were also thought to be interested, but amid ongoing ownership issues, their position transfer-wise this summer remains unclear. For now, it seems that Spurs are in the driving seat.
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