Spanish international defender has now informed Villarreal that he wants to leave the club this summer, with Aston Villa the favourites to sign the centre-back in the transfer window.
That is according to a report from Marca, which notes that Unai Emery is in love with the player as the Villans prepare their squad for European football next year.
It does appear that Pau Torres is a key target for Villa this summer. Reports from the Daily Mail this week claimed that Aston Villa want to pay £35 million to sign Torres.
Pau Torres tells Villarreal he wants to leave as Aston Villa eye deal
It would probably surprise some that the defender is yet to take the next step in his career, having spent more than two decades on the books with the Yellow Submarine.
But it seems that he has now decided that this is the summer for a change. Marca claims that Torres has told his agents to inform Villarreal that he wishes to leave.
The slight issue is that Villa do not want to pay what Villarreal are demanding. Marca suggests that they are looking for at least £38.6 million for the 26-year-old. And Villa are not willing to meet those demands.
Based on the two reports however, the two clubs are not far away. And Emery obviously knows Torres well from his time managing Villarreal.
So you would like to think that an agreement can be reached – particularly now that Torres has informed his club that he wishes to leave in this window.
It would be a coup for Aston Villa to sign Torres. He is a ‘special‘ talent and a class act as a defender. It would be another inspired piece of business to get him through the door.