Chelsea determined to sign 23-year-old Spanish defender
It’s clear that the London giants manager means business at the club next campaign. Their ex-footballer has worked wonders in his first season in Chelsea hot-seat and the London club look well placed to earn themselves a Champions League placing for the 2020/21 season.
Having already secured Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, Frank now has his eyes on Villarreal defender, Pau Torres. Spain international would cost a cool £45m but Blues would face contest in trying to secure the defender from both Blaugrana and Red Devils.
Barcelona appear desperate to find a footballer who can genuinely challenge Jordi Alba down their left side, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to be interested in footballers of Pau’s ilk become available at such a price. Torres is also, therefore, a much cheaper alternative than Ben Chilwell for Frank Lampard, with many of the same attributes.
Great at getting forward and supplementing the front-line, he is quick across the ground, decent in the air and solid at the back. A real all-rounder. While the Spanish defender has three years left to run on his deal, he has a release clause of nearly £45m, which makes him an affordable option for many clubs.
Red Devils, like Blues, continue to build for the future, and it could be said that their project is a little further down the road, which could prove to be attractive. At just 23 years of age, Pau has at least 10 years left at the top of the game, and even taking the covid pandemic into account, his release clause stays a bargain in this day and age.