Juventus could move for Villarreal defender and reported Tottenham target Pau Torres to replace Matthijs de Ligt this summer, according to CalcioMercato. 

The Bianconeri have placed Torres, 25, on a shortlist of candidates to succeed Bayern Munich-bound De Ligt with first-choice option Kalidou Koulibaly poised to join Chelsea from Napoli. 

While the report claims there are currently no active talks between Juventus and Villarreal, it is thought the Yellow Submarine are demanding at least €50 million (£42.5m) for a sale. 

The development comes alongside Tottenham’s interest in acquiring Torres despite recently completing a loan deal for Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet (90min, Daily Mail, and TalkSPORT). 

Spurs chased the Spaniard extensively last summer and lodged an official €60 million (£51m) bid, although the move was snubbed by Torres himself as he wanted to play in the Champions League with hometown club Villarreal (The Guardian). 

Torres came through the LaLiga side’s academy system and has played for them his whole career so far, aside from a season-long loan with Malaga. 

He has also become a full Spain international, registering 19 senior caps for his country so far (Transfermarkt). 

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With De Ligt looking set to leave Juventus, they will have cash at their disposal and will be eager to find a quality replacement and they appear to have listed Torres as that. 

Spurs do need another star defender but the move for Lenglet may suggest they are happy with him currently, while someone like Torres could be snapped up by the time they are ready to enter the market. 

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