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Arsenal signing this £35m-rated La Liga ace would be a fantastic long-term move by Arteta

VILLAREAL, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 19: Pau Torres of Villarreal CF looks on during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal CF and SD Eibar at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 19, 2020 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Why Arsenal should make a move for La Liga starlet Pau Torres

According to Todofichahes (h/t Daily Star), Arsenal could pip Manchester United to the signing of £35m-rated Pau Torres from Villarreal. Despite the Red Devils’ interest in the defender, Arsenal could well be poised to prise him away from under their noses. Much like they did with Gabriel Magalhaes in the summer.

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The 23-year-old rose through the ranks of Villarreal’s youth system and was promoted to the club’s senior setup in the summer of 2018. After struggling to find regular game time, he was sent on loan to Malaga, where he developed himself.

Since his return to La Ceramica, Torres has established himself as the first-choice centre-back under Javier Calleja. He is one of the most promising young talents in Spain and his impressive performances have also garnered attention from elite teams. The youngster has made close to 50 appearances for Villarreal, scoring and assisting two goals each (source – Transfermarkt).

Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian defender Felipe (L) and Villarreal’s Spanish defender Pau Torres jump for the ball during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid against Villarreal CF at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on February 23, 2020. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Torres also earned a call-up to the national team last October and scored within a few minutes of his debut against Malta. So far, he has made 5 appearances for the national side.

Pau Torres could be a smart signing for Arsenal

Arsenal do have a glut of central defenders on their roster. They added Gabriel to their ranks and William Saliba returned from his loan spell.

However, the likes of Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis are all out of favour. Also, with David Luiz on the wrong side of 30, it makes sense for the club to go for a promising young defender. In Saliba, Gabriel and Torres, they could have three fantastic young centre-backs for the long run.

VILLAREAL, SPAIN – JULY 19: Pau Torres of Villarreal CF looks on during the Liga match between Villarreal CF and SD Eibar SAD at Estadio de la Ceramica on July 19, 2020 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Verdict

Arsenal would be smart to complete a deal for Pau Torres as soon as possible. As mentioned earlier, Manchester United are also after the player (source – Daily Star). The Gunners should try to get him before their rivals. Torres would be a fantastic addition to their improving backline.

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