Manchester City are ‘well positioned’ to sign Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres, according to reports.
Interest is thought to be high in the Spain defender as Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Man City were all linked with the player in the summer transfer window.
Torres impressed in La Liga and on the way to Villarreal winning the Europa League last season after the Spaniards beat Man Utd in the final.
The defender recently hinted that it wouldn’t have mattered which club had tried to buy him this summer, as he was always going to stay.
“I was informed of Tottenham’s interest, but I have always been clear that I wanted to stay at Villarreal,” Torres said
“My idea was to have an exciting season, I was very clear about what I wanted, and that was to stay at home and at Villarreal. That’s why it was a quick decision.
“All decisions are respectable; I wanted to stay. I’m happy with the decision I made, my idea was to stay at home and I’m happy about that.”
Pep Guardiola has plenty of options in the centre of defence, choosing from Ruben Dias, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake.
However, According to Marca, City are ‘well positioned’ to sign the defender and have scouted him ‘for a long time’.
The report also states the Premier League champions made contact Torres’ entourage last summer.
Villarreal are rumoured to be willing to sell the Spaniard – who represented his country at the Olympics this summer – for around £55million.
Next up for City is Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Both clubs operate the top two positions in the Premier League table going into the match.
Ahead of the huge clash, Guardiola said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp “helped me to be a better manager”.
“Jurgen Klopp’s teams helped me to be a better manager,” said the Spaniard. “He put me another level, to think about it, to prove myself, to be a better manager. That is the reason why I am still in this business.
“Since I arrived here – maybe not the first year – Liverpool were always there.
“The last four years, all the time, we were both there. It’s the biggest compliment that both clubs were there.
“But in the Premier League there are not just one or two, there are many teams who can fight for the league.”