Unai Emery has admitted that Villarreal have received an offer for rumoured Tottenham Hotspur Pau Torres this summer but insisted the centre-back is likely to stay put at his hometown club.
Tottenham are reportedly prioritising signing another centre-back this summer after their capture of Cristian Romero from Atalanta.
Torres is allegedly one of the central defenders on the North Londoners’ radar, with reports claiming last week that Spurs had made a £43m offer for the centre-back.
However, it was revealed that even though Villarreal had accepted Tottenham’s offer, the player refused a move to the Lilywhites since he was keen on playing Champions League football.
The Yellow Submarine have qualified for Europe’s premier club competition thanks to their Europa League win last season.
Emery spoke about the offer the La Liga club received for Torres as well as about the defender’s Champions League desire this week.
The former Arsenal boss, however, did not rule out the possibility of the 24-year-old being sold in the future.
Emery told AS: “Pau is a player from the house we love, but we are open to his growth because if great offers arrive and are good for everyone, there can be a way out.
“We are aware that the player can grow and that great teams will arrive, and that these operations also serve us so that the team can grow economically and be able to sign.
“But Pau is from home, this is his team and that team is going to play the Champions League, and leaving like this is not easy. To give options, but for now, they do not meet the requirements.
“I know that Pau can leave and we are prepared for it. To this day we think he is staying, although it is an offer from a weighty and important club, he still does not meet the requirements”.
AS report that Emery is indeed talking about the offer from Tottenham Hotspur.
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This summer has shown how important Champions League football is to attract top players, with Jules Kounde also alleged to have rejected Spurs since the club were not in the competition. So, in order to fast-forward our rebuild, it is vital that we get back into the top four.
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