Pau Torres was regularly linked with top clubs in Spain and England in the summer, but none of them were able to take him away from Villarreal.

Tottenham Hotspur came forward for the defender, but he rejected Spurs because he was “more interested to play in the Champions League”.

Despite the comments made by the 24-year-old in September, it hasn’t stopped Aston Villa from being linked to him.

Villa sacked Dean Smith and took Steven Gerrard from Rangers this month. explain the former Liverpool star ‘completely falls in love’ with the centre-back and ‘wants’ the Spain international at the Premier League club.

Torres seems like an ‘extraordinary crazy signing’ for Villa, but the website points out English clubs have been capable of taking players they want, despite their standings in the table.

It’s claimed the new manager is aware Aston Villa have ‘a lot of money’ and can ‘spend it’ on the targets he has identified. Villarreal have set a €50m price tag for their player.

They sold Jack Grealish to Manchester City for €100m and although Villa have invested in the summer, state the Premier League side will have funds to sign Torres since they ‘haven’t spent much’.

The report further adds add Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe have struggled this season. Therefore, Gerrard wants a new defender and identified Torres as the ‘bomb’ signing that Villa need.

It’s too early to suggest whether there is genuine interest from Villa in Torres. If there is, then more reports will emerge from Spain and England in the coming days.