Tottenham Hotspur remain keen on Pau Torres despite closing in on a deal for Clement Lenglet…
What’s the word?
The Italian head coach was keen for a left-footed centre-back this summer after relying on Ben Davies in his preferred back-three system, so Lenglet will plug that gap for the time being.
Despite this, Conte wants Torres in north London, though he could cost the Premier League club around £45m.
If Spurs sign Lenglet, do they need Torres?
Yes! Sign him up!
No way, get a no.10!
It does make sense to bring in another central option this summer as the Yellow Submarines colossus would add serious strength in depth to the backline.
Presuming Conte’s first-choice three would be Lenglet, Eric Dier and Cristian Romero, then his backup options are surely Davinson Sanchez and Joe Rodon, who could even depart this window.
With the club competing in the Champions League, it’s important to have quality across the squad and Torres would provide that in abundance, perhaps even pushing the likes of Lenglet and Dier for a starting spot.
Furthermore, the statistical website also ranks the 6 foot 3 titan amongst the top 1% of his positional peers across Europe for dribbles completed per 90 (0.8), as well as in the top 3% for non-penalty goals per 90 (0.14).
It’s no wonder that he has been lauded as an “extraordinary talent” by his former coach Javi Calleja, and indeed, he’d be an extraordinary signing for Spurs to complete.
The £60m-rated colossus wouldn’t come cheap, however, but at just 25, he’s nowhere near reaching his peak as a central defender, so he would offer Spurs many more years of top-notch service.
Therefore, it would be wise for sporting director Fabio Paratici to deliver on Conte’s wishes this summer.