Juventus Transfer News: The Massimiliano Allegri revolution continues at Allianz Stadium. Juve fans will be hoping that it turns out as successful as the first one. However, one player might not be a part of it. Matthias De Ligt is likely to leave the club this summer.
Thus the Bianconeri are now looking to replace him. Their search has now led them to La Liga. According to Gazzetta Dello Sport via Football Italia, Pau Torres is on the radar of the Serie A giants.
The Spaniard is seen as a replacement for the Dutchman. It has also been stated in the report that Juve have opened talks with Villarreal regarding the move. It remains to be seen how the talks progress between the two sides.
The Spaniards want around €50m for their star man. However, Juve are hopeful of getting this price reduced. According to transfermarkt he is valued around.
Juventus Transfer News: Potential alternatives for Bianconeri
In recent times, the Turin giants have been linked with a host of players. The name Pau Torres has recently popped up. Before that Juve was being linked with a host of other defenders.
They have already lost their legendary captain Giorgio Chiellini as well. Currently, only Leonardo Bonnuci is the only top centre-back at the club. Thus they are very much in need of reinforcements at the back.
The likes of Bremer, Kalidou Koulibaly and Nikola Milenkovic have been linked with a move. However, Bremer is said to be close to a move to Inter Milan. While Fabrizio Romano has given Koulibaly’s move to Chelsea here we go. Thus the options are limited for Juventus are limited in this transfermarket.
Bundesliga defender Evan Ndicka has also been linked to the Turing giants. Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel is also a target for the Italians. It is possible that they might switch attention from Pau Torres to another player in the coming days.
Why does Juve want Pau Torres?
Apart from being seen as a replacement for De Ligt, there are other reasons why Juventus want him. For the past four years, he has been a reliable player at the back for them. Not only this he is still only 25 years and he is yet to hit his peak form as well.
On the physical side of things, he is not similar to the Dutchman but he is effective. In other words, he gets the job done like De Ligt. He is 6’3 in height which helps him in winning his ariel battles. The Spaniard is a modern-day centre-back. Torres’s biggest strength is passing abilities.
He is comfortable on the ball and he likes to play out from the back. Also, an underrated aspect of his game is his one-on-one defending. Last season he was only dribbled past per game 0.2 times. It is the same number as that De Ligt produced last season.
The likes of Manchester United and Manchester City have also shown interest in him. While it will be difficult for Juve to negotiate a deal for the Spaniard. The Yellow Submarines know they have a very talented player at their hands. They are unlikely to reduce their €50m on him.