Tottenham have joined the list of Premier League clubs monitoring Villarreal defender Pau Torres.
The North London side are understood to have sent scouts to watch Torres during Villarreal’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday evening, with Antonio Conte interested in a deal to sign the centre-back.
Torres has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted central defenders in recent campaigns, but turned down interest last summer to compete in the Champions League with his boyhood side this season.
The 25-year-old – who has won 17 caps since establishing himself in the Spain side – could now be prepared to take on a new challenge and is believed to have a £55m release clause in his contract.
The Mail are reporting that Torres has emerged as a leading target for Spurs, on a defensive shortlist that also includes RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol and Lille’s Sven Botman.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have also been credited as admirers of Torres, who formed part of the team that won the Europa League under Unai Emery last season.
Spurs are also keen to improve their home-grown quota ahead of next season and have targeted England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone – out of contract at West Brom this summer – as a potential addition.