Barcelona hold talks for Villarreal and Arsenal target Pau Torres

Barcelona have held talks to sign Villarreal defender and Spain international Pau Torres to bolster their backline with English Premier League club Arsenal linked with the player.

According to reports in Diario Sport, the Blaugrana are looking at Torres who has a €50m release clause at Villarreal, where he is under contract until 2023 but will negotiate for a lesser fee.

The 23-year-old broke in the Yellow Submarines first team this season after a loan at Malaga where he played 40 appearances and has made 25 appearances this season.

The Spanish international was called up by Robert Moreno on 4 October 2019, for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Norway and Sweden but made his debut against Malta in November scoring in the 7-0 win.

The Sun claimed Torres has been identified by Arsenal, subsequent reports in the Daily Telegraph and ESPN spoke of interest from Manchester City looking at the defender with injuries affecting the defending EPL champions.

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