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Spurs Paid The Release Clause Of World's Most Wanted Defender, Said He'll Only Join A 'Big Club'

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Spurs Paid The Release Clause Of World's Most Wanted Defender, Said He'll Only Join A 'Big Club'

Villarreal defender Pau Torres has reportedly turned down a move to Tottenham Hotspur as he wants to wait for a 'big club'.

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Spurs finished seventh in the Premier League last season and will spend this campaign in the inaugural Europa Conference League.

They've already signed Atalanta's Cristian Romero in defence this summer but were keen to add Torres to their ranks, even paying his £55 million release clause.

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But Spanish publication Marca claim the 24-year-old turned them down due to a lack of Champions League football.

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Torres impressed in Villarreal's Europa League winning campaign earlier this year and also went to Euro 2020 with Spain.

On top of that, he helped his country to the final of the Olympics earlier this month.

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Torres has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid in the transfer window but it looks like he'll be staying with Villarreal.

It's a big blow to Spurs who have signed Romero, but also lost long-serving defender Toby Alderweireld this summer.

As well as Romero, Nuno Espirito Santo has signed Bryan Gil from Sevilla plus Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on loan.

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The big talking point around North London however is Harry Kane's future.

Kane has been trying to leave the club all summer and Manchester City have registered their interest.

A report from the Times however suggests Kane will have to spend at least another season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

There are only 17 days until the summer transfer window closes and the belief is City have left it too late to make a move for Kane.

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Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris was asked about his teammate's mindset earlier this week and gave a defiant answer.

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"Harry is a professional and he is here with a smile," Lloris told The Guardian. "There is a situation in the air, we can not hide that, but it belongs to him and the club. I'm just focused on the team, and if the manager needs him he will be professional."

Kane returned to training late after an extended break following England's Euro 2020 campaign.

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He then had to spend a period in isolation.

Do you think Tottenham Hotspur will sign any other players this summer? And will they keep Harry Kane?

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Topics: Tottenham Hotspur, Football, Transfers, Premier League, England

Daniel Marland
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