Paper Talk: Arsenal lead race to sign Villarreal star with £45m exit clause

Date published: Monday 14th October 2019 8:27

Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign a Villarreal defender, while Tottenham are ready to sign a Manchester United target in the January window, according to Monday’s newspapers.



Arsenal have reportedly moved ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea in the race to sign Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres, according to reports.

The 22-year-old has caught the eye in the heart of the Villarreal defence this season, with Arsenal scouts receiving a tip-off from their former midfielder Santi Cazorla.

According to The Sun, Cazorla personally recommended his former club take a look at the former Malaga loanee and snap him up before a host of big-name rivals look to land a player tipped for the top.

Unai Emery is desperate to bring in central defensive reinforcements and knows that remains an Achilles heel for his side, despite the summer signings of David Luiz and William Saliba – the latter of whom won’t arrive until summer 2020.

It’s claimed, however, that Arsenal could also add Torres to their ranks, though it’s claimed the club will hope to sign the player for some distance less than the £45m exit clause that currently exists in the player’s contract.



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