October 16, 2022
Conte wants Pau Torres at Tottenham, he rejected Nuno in 2021

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Tottenham Hotspur’s main defensive target last summer was Villarreal star Pau Torres and it looks like the Spaniard is on Spurs’ wishlist once again.

The 25-year-old has been one of Spain’s best defenders for a few years now. He was brilliant for the Yellow Submarine and under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery he took his game to a whole new level.

Torres was one of Villarreal’s most important players when they won the Europa League last season. His performances were so good that several top European clubs wanted to sign him, including Tottenham.

El Confidencial claimed that Spurs, then under Nuno Espirito Santo, were ready to make Torres their second most expensive signing ever, but he turned them down.

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Pau Torres has publicly claimed he rejected Tottenham

In November last year, Torres sat down for an interview with the Guardian. He was asked about Tottenham’s offer to sign him and the Spaniard claimed he rejected them because he wanted to play in the Champions League with Villarreal.

He said: “The appeal of playing the Champions League with my hometown team was bigger (than joining Tottenham). I was clear from the start.

“It’s only the fourth time Villarreal have reached the Champions League, which shows how difficult it is and it was a dream to play competitively with my lifelong club.

“The president didn’t put pressure on me, even though they could make a lot of money. He always said “the decision is yours”, that he would respect it. I appreciate that.

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Conte wants to sign him for Spurs now

La Razon reveal this week that Tottenham are still interested in signing Torres. Antonio Conte is keen to bring in another centre-half this summer and the Villarreal man is said to be one of the options.

Spurs are set to face competition from Manchester United this summer for the talented 25-year-old defender, who was scored by Graham Roberts as “absolutely brilliant” and someone who would be perfect alongside Cristian Romero.

The report claims Villarreal, who are in the Champions League semi-finals, are ready to let Torres go this summer and are seeking a fee in the region of £50m.

It certainly won’t be easy for Tottenham to sign Torres, but if Conte can convince him to make the move, he could prove to be an absolutely incredible player for them.

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