Wolves are reportedly showing interest in Villarreal defender Pau Torres.
According to 90min, the Spanish club are braced to lose the 25-year-old, but will demand a club-record fee.
Torres has long been linked with an exit from the club, but nothing has ever materialised.
But Villarreal have always stood firm, with the player having a £55 million release clause.
But Villarreal are supposedly open to selling for a bit less. The highest sale in their history is £40 million, and they would supposedly consider offers around that figure.
It is possible Torres could be on the move in January.
Wolves are said to be in the hunt. But a number of other Premier League clubs are also keen, including Aston Villa, who are now managed by Unai Emery.
Emery, of course, just left Villarreal and knows Torres very well.
Tottenham Hotspur made an enquiry about him last summer, while Chelsea also have him on their radar.
And there is further interest from Everton, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
It is stated that Julen Loeptegui is a big admirer of Torres, having obviously seen him up close several times as Sevilla boss.
Pau Torres move would be a major statement of intent from Wolves and Lopetegui
Wolves signing Torres in January would be quite the show of ambition.
Torres has long been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, and has seemed destined to play at the very highest level.
The star, who will feature for Spain at the World Cup in Qatar, has made 150 appearances for Villarreal and scored 11 goals.
He is very much a modern-day central defender in that he is ‘known for his composure in possession and is extremely comfortable at playing the ball out from the back, while he has good dribbling skills. In addition, he has excellent positioning and reads the game very well’ (via Sporting News).
He is also strong at carrying the ball out from the defence, just like Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman.
Given Wolves’ position in the Premier League table, it would be a major surprise if this got done.