Chelsea have a perfect alternative target for the centre-back after recent knocks – 101 Great Goals
Chelsea centre-back’s woes
Chelsea lost two high-quality centre-backs to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona earlier this summer.
Antonio Rudiger moved to Camp Nou, while Andreas Christensen swapped West London for Catalonia.
As a result, it was obvious that Chelsea would need to tap into the market for a centre-back or two this summer.
The Blues have already done that, bringing in veteran Serie A defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
However, Chelsea’s real woes came when trying to land a second cap before the start of the season.
At the start of the window, we saw the Blues miss out on Matthijs de Ligt – now from Bayern Munich, while a deal for Manchester City’s Nathan Ake also fell apart.
More recently, meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel and co. saw Jules Kounde snatched from under their feet by Barcelona, Presnel Kimpembe – another long-time Chelsea target – decided to stay at PSG and a move for Wesley Fofana from Leicester City was also scrapped.
So that leaves Chelsea having to find and sign a new centre-back on a fairly short notice.
And, although Chelsea have had some serious problems in the market lately, there seems to be a very obvious solution to all the West Londoners’ problems. It’s to sign Pau Torres from Villarreal.
Tuchel recently spoke about his desire to sign a defender who can play on the left of a back-three:
“We are looking for guys who can play on the left side,” Tuchel said during Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the United States. “Toni [Rudiger] played on the left side and wasn’t a left footed guy, so maybe Kalidou can play there because he plays in a back four on the left side, but let’s see what’s possible.
And in Pau Torres, Chelsea have a great option. The 25-year-old has established himself as a key figure in the Spanish defense over the past year and is crucial to the success of Villarreal, who won the Europa League in 2020/21 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2021/22, have had under Unai Emery.
The Spaniard is tall, strong and excellent with the ball at his feet. He completed the 4th most passes of any centre-back in the last La Liga campaign and ranked first for the most progressive passes of any centre-back in the division.
Crucially, Torres is also left-handed and would fit naturally into the role previously held by Rudiger.