Tottenham had an ‘agreement in principal’ with Villarreal for defender Pau Torres this summer, but the player wasn’t keen on the move.

That’s according to AS, who say Torres has always made it clear he wants to join one of the European elite when he does leave Villarreal.

Torres is considered one of the most promising players in La Liga; indeed, some would argue Europe, and has long been linked with a move away from Villarreal as a result.

The Premier League has always looked like a potential destination, with Manchester United regularly linked before they signed Raphael Varane.

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This summer, it was the turn of Tottenham, who were keen to sign a centre back to replace Toby Alderweireld and eventually settled on Cristian Romero from Atalanta.

Before that, Torres had been named as a potential target, with it even reported at one point that they had an agreement in place.

That is something AS now corroborate, stating that there was an ‘agreement in principle’ between the two clubs for a transfer to happen.

The idea was quickly shot down by Torres, though, who has ‘other options’ in his head for when he does eventually leave the Spanish club.

He would ‘prefer to wait for a better offer’ and is clear that his preference would be to join one of the big European clubs and, if he can, stay in La Liga as well.

He’s in no hurry to leave and will spend this season continuing to develop and hope the likes of Real Madrid come calling next summer.