The Spaniard, 22, has caught the eye of Unai Emery and Arsenal’s scouting staff after the young defender – rewarded with a five-year contract in the summer – made an impressive start to the La Liga campaign.
Former Gunners’ midfielder and fan-favourite Santi Cazorla, now of Villarreal himself, is thought to have alerted Arsenal to the burgeoning talent of Torres.
Pau Torres’ form has earned him a call-up to the Spain national team by boss Robert Moreno
The centre-back, 22, has pitted himself against the very best of La Liga and duly impressed
90min report: ‘Arsenal have already expressed a strong interest in Torres and they’re considering making a move for the defender next summer’.
Thanks to a release clause in his contract, Torres is available from €50m but Arsenal will be looking to bring the price down in any prospective deal.
Torres has played every minute of Villarreal’s league campaign so far and the centre-back opened his account for the Yellow Submarine in May against Osasuna.
His eye-catching displays this season have seen the 6ft 4in defender earn a call-up to the Spain national team, despite Torres not being a regular feature among the youth set-up.
Alongside Santi Cazorla, Torres played in Villarreal’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in late September
Arsenal have looked defensively frail this season as summer signing David Luiz has failed to shore up an error-prone backline, and bringing in Torres would be seen by fans as a positive, forward-looking move to address such deficiencies.
Torres’ other Premier League suitors are likewise on the lookout for defensive reinforcements.
Despite the emergence of young England centre-back Fikayo Tomori, Chelsea – currently subject to a transfer ban – have shipped 14 goals in the league and are keeping tabs on Torres as a potential addition to Frank Lampard’s youthful side.
Manchester City meanwhile have struggled with injury problems at the heart of their defence with Fernandinho currently playing as a makeshift centre-back.