Arsenal want Villarreal defender Pau Torres

Arsenal have identified Villarreal defender and Spain international Pau Torres to bolster their backline, according to reports.

The 22-year-old has started all 13 of the Yellow Submarine’s La Liga games to date this campaign and made his debut for the Spanish national team earlier this month – replacing Sergio Ramos in the 7-0 win over Malta, when he also netted.

The Gunners are hopeful new signing William Saliba (on loan at Saint Etienne) will provide the long-term future in their backline, and The Sun now reports Torres has been identified as a potential partner.

The North London’s club backline has long been a problem area for the side and long-term investment in that position is said to be a fundamental part of their transfer strategy.

Torres broke onto the scene last season when he starred on a loan spell at second tier Malaga, where he made 40 appearances, and has now impressed in Villarreal’s back four.

It is claimed Torres has a €45m release clause at Villarreal, where he is under contract until 2023.

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