Tottenham Hotspur ‘might have an advantage’ over other Premier League clubs aiming to swoop for Pau Torres as they can offer the defender Champions League football at Hotspur Way, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
Spurs are set to return to Europe’s elite club competition after finishing fourth in the Premier League last season.
What’s the latest news involving Torres?
According to the Mirror, Spurs head coach Antonio Conte is still chasing Villarreal star Torres despite already strengthening his squad during the summer.
The report suggests the 19-cap Spain international has been on the north Londoners’ radar for the majority of the summer transfer window and, although a swap deal involving Giovani Lo Celso has been deliberated, £45million could be enough to tempt Villarreal.
Torres, whose contract with his current employers includes a £55million release clause, is Tottenham’s top defensive target after being forced to give up on attempting to acquire Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan.
But Spurs, who have already spent close to £80million ahead of the new season getting underway next month, are not the only Premier League side looking to land the 25-year-old.
Manchester United and Chelsea have also been showing an interest since the transfer window reopened for business.
What has Pete O’Rourke said about Torres?
O’Rourke believes Torres is desperate to secure a move to a club competing in the Champions League after Villarreal only finished seventh in La Liga last season.
As a result, the journalist feels Spurs hold the upper-hand over the likes of Manchester United when it comes to attempting to strike a deal.
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O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I think Champions League football is a big factor for all these top players in Europe now.
“They want to be playing against the best players in the world and that’s what the Champions League offers to you.
“I think Pau Torres stayed at Villarreal last season to have the opportunity to play in the Champions League, so I’m sure that will be a key factor in where he decides to move this summer.
“It’s something that Tottenham can offer the Spain international, so that might give them an advantage over their Premier League rivals, such as Manchester United, in their pursuit.”
Why is Torres of interest to Spurs?
Torres was a key cog in Villarreal’s backline last season, with him making 46 appearances and also contributing at the other end of the pitch by scoring six goals.
He played a pivotal role in the Spanish outfit’s run to the Champions League semi-finals, with him failing to miss a single minute before their exit at the hands of Liverpool.
Should Torres head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it is likely that he would replace Ben Davies on the left-hand side of the back three and FBref statistics show he averaged more completed passes and touches than the current Spurs man per 90 minutes last season, which emphasises that he could make Conte’s men more comfortable in possession.