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According to Daily Mail, Premier League rivals Arsenal have moved ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City in the race to sign Villarreal centre back Pau Torres.
The Blues are reportedly interested in making a move for the 22 year old centre-back next summer but might lose out to Arsenal for his signature.
Daily Mail claim former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, now of Villarreal himself, is thought to have alerted Arsenal to the signing of the centre-back.
Torres reportedly has a release clause of around €50m.
Torres has played every minute of Villarreal’s league campaign so far and his displays for Villarreal have seen the 6ft 4in defender earn a call-up to the Spain national team.