Chelsea are reportedly interested in Villarreal defender Pau Torres as per the report by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The 25-year-old is enjoying a stellar campaign this term, scoring five goals and notching up 13 clean sheets in 42 appearances in all competitions. The defender has also played a key role in the Yellow Submarines’ run in the Champions League where they went all the way to the semi-final before falling short to Liverpool.
Romano earlier tweeted that Chelsea has sent their scouts to monitor Pau Torres with the hope of a potential summer move. Apart from the Blues, two Manchester clubs are also showing interest in the Spaniards.
The journalist further claimed that the defender has a release clause of €55/60 million in his current contract. And the said clause can be triggered in this summer transfer window. Romano tweeted:
“Pau Torres is attracting interest from top clubs again as his release clause will be valid this summer: €55/60m, available until the end of the market. Manchester United and Manchester City are both interested – Chelsea has also sent their scouts to follow him.”
Will Chelsea be able to sign Pau Torres this summer?
Chelsea will be looking to renovate their backline this summer. Given the first team players, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta are set to leave the club for free at the end of this season. Meanwhile, Marcos Alonso is another defender who is linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
So, signing Pau Torres could be a good choice for Chelsea as their left-sided defender. However, everything will be dependent on the ownership handover of the club. The Blues’ future is uncertain until the club’s ownership changes hands from Roman Abramovic.
The club is currently sanctioned by the UK government. And the normal activities are going on at the moment with special permission. However, everything will be stopped following the conclusion of this month unless the new owner gets announced before then.