Chelsea ready to enter race to sign ‘amazing £55m defender, Pochettino has liked him for ages

May 10, 2023

It is understood that the Blues and Villa would both like to sign the 26-year-old defender, who will soon be entering the final year of his contract at Villarreal.

The report claims that there’s a £55million release clause in the centre-back’s current deal.

In addition, The Mirror adds that incoming Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is a long-term admirer of Torres and does want some new signings once the current squad is cut at Stamford Bridge.

We think Torres is a very talented player that can operate at the highest level.

The Spain international is a very important individual for La Liga club Villarreal with his composure and quality at the back.

He’s a left-footed centre-half that Villa boss Unai Emery previously described as “amazing”.

If Chelsea are serious about signing Torres, they should be cautious that Villa’s current manager Emery already has a relationship with the player after coaching him at Villarreal.

RCD Mallorca v Villarreal CF - LaLiga Santander
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Our main issue with this speculation is that Chelsea already own two left-footed centre-halves with big potential.

First of all, Benoit Badiashile has made a really positive impact since his mid-season arrival at Stamford Bridge.

He’s a 22-year-old that has great composure and quality as a left-footed centre-back. Also, Blues interim boss Frank Lampard has called Badiashile a “big talent”.

Meanwhile, Chelsea supporters are intrigued to see if 20-year-old centre-half Levi Colwill is good enough to come into the squad next season when he returns from his loan at Brighton.

We’re struggling to see the need to spend £50million-plus on another defender in this position