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Real Madrid know they have to prepare for life after Sergio Ramos, and the name of Pau Torres is written in capital letters on their scouting board, with the Spanish defender seen as perhaps the Ramos of the future.
Having starred with Villarreal, Pau is about to turn 24 and is set to be involved with the Spanish national team at Euro 2021.
He’s confident with both feet, despite having a stronger left, and plays the ball out of defence with ease. He has a number of characteristics which make him comparable to the Los Blancos captain.
Ramos has yet to re-sign with Real Madrid, despite the fact his contract is due to expire in June 2021, and thus rumours about the club looking to sign a central defender are beginning to swirl.
If it’s not David Alaba, then it is Pau Torres. The latter has been part of Villarreal’s academy since he was a young child.
The 23-year-old’s natural defensive ability has garnered attention and he has gradually hit his potential, although he can improve yet further, but may require a move to do just that.
In addition to hardly making mistakes on the pitch, he is a humble, discreet and hard-working person who could fit perfectly into a star-studded team.
Whether or not Ramos stays, it’s clear Real Madrid want to rebuild their defence and the additions of Pau and Alaba could go a long way to doing just that.
Pau’s deal with Villarreal runs until 2024 and he has a release clause of 50 million euros, but Real Madrid now have to ask themselves the question whether the player is worth such an investment.
If he improves and starts at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for five, six or seven years, then of course it will be seen as a bargain, but with so much money invested in Eder Militao, as well as the presence of Raphael Varane and potentially Alaba, is Pau a necessary expense?
This is a vitally important question for Florentino Perez, especially at a time where cost-cutting measures have been at the forefront of his conscious.