Tottenham told to strike '£11m-a-year' deal to sign 'brilliant' Cristian Romero ally - pundit
Noel Whelan has urged Tottenham to trigger Pau Torres’ £55million release clause at Villareal this summer.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 25-year-old centre-back would “complement” Cristian Romero at the heart of the Spurs defence.
The Daily Mail claim (4 May) that Tottenham are plotting a summer move for Torres after tracking him for the past two years.
The Lilywhites reportedly had scouts watching the Spain international in Villareal’s Champions League semi-final tie against Liverpool.
Whelan insisted the reported £55million release clause in Torres’ contract would be good value for money.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Torres is a really talented centre-half. We did say that they need another centre-half to go next to Romero and Dier.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
“Whether they play a three at the back or a two, you can even then push Dier into that defensive midfield role as well.
“It makes sense. It’s not that much money when you think about it, for an international centre-half. He’s young and somebody that will complement Romero at the back and bring that stability that Tottenham need.
“You look at longevity, he’d probably be on a four or five-year contract. You’re talking roughly around about £11-million-a-year. When you look at it in those terms, it’s not a bad deal for a player of that quality and calibre.
“It makes a lot of sense to me, it really does. If they can get him through the door, then that’d be a brilliant signing for them. That will strengthen them, no doubt.
“Another Conte signing, rebuilding Tottenham the way he wants so they can challenge.”
Torres has 129 appearances under his belt for Villareal, as well as 17 caps for Spain.
In other news, expert claims Tottenham can “exploit” Liverpool system.