Real Madrid Transfers: 5 defenders to target heading into 2021

Jules Kounde (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
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Villarreal, Pau Torres
Villarreal, Pau Torres (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Villarreal CB Pau Torres

RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is an impressive player, but we’ve spotlighted him as a possible option for Real Madrid frequently enough. Let’s stay in La Liga, because Jules Kounde isn’t the only young center back at a notable Spanish club who could pique Zinedine Zidane’s interest.

Spain international Pau Torres is only 23 but is already one of the most highly-regarded defenders in the league.

Torres has scored twice in the league this season and has been crucial to Unai Emery’s success as a possible Champions League side for the 2021-2022 season. He has more than three clearances per game, one block per match, and has been dribbled past a meager 0.2 times per game. That makes him one of the best shutdown center backs in La Liga.

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He has good long speed and has shown his quality on the ball for the Yellow Submarine this season in their build-up play. Torres isn’t on Kounde’s level and has his flaws, but the numbers and raw traits show that Torres has the ability to be a starter for a club like Real Madrid one day. He shouldn’t be considered a priority target for Los Blancos, but Torres should be someone Madridistas are monitoring in the second half of the league campaign.