Report: Chelsea plan £50m bid to sign alleged Spurs centre-back target

Fabio Paratici
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Chelsea are interested in signing Villarreal defender Pau Torres and plan on triggering the £50 million release clause in the rumoured Tottenham target’s contract, according to La Razon. 

The Blues are likely going to be planning for life without Antonio Rudiger, who is expected to leave the club to link up with Real Madrid at the end of his contract (BBC Sport). 

And Thomas Tuchel’s side may have found their replacement for the German in the form of Torres, with La Razon claiming the Premier League club are looking to strike a deal for the centre-back. 

The report notes Chelsea are preparing a £50 million offer to Villarreal to break the release clause in the 25-year-old’s contract, which should get the ball rolling on a potential summer transfer. 

It comes after Tottenham failed with attempts to sign Torres at the start of the season despite having a bid accepted, with the Spaniard reportedly turning down a move to North London in favour of staying with his boyhood club (The Guardian). 

Football Insider backed Spurs to make another approach this summer, even predicting that Giovani Lo Celso could be used as a makeweight. La Razon also reported that Spurs and the Red Devils were battling it out for Torres’ signature. 

The decision to stay at Villarreal paid dividends for Torres, who has been a key figure in Unai Emery’s side on their journey to the Champions League semi-final. 

Spurs, meanwhile, managed to address their desire to sign a new centre-back by completing the loan signing of Cristian Romero from Atalanta, who is expected to join the club permanently for £42.5 million this summer (Evening Standard). 

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Even though there is so much uncertainty surrounding Chelsea right now, it hasn’t stopped them from allegedly pursuing some of their targets. 

It isn’t too clear whether Spurs will return to Torres this summer, but they do need a left-sided centre-back to come in so it shouldn’t be ruled out regardless. 

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