Reports are building in the Spanish media about Real Madrid interest in the long-term Arsenal target Pau Torres.

The defender has become a regular for his country, and with Sergio Ramos not able to continue forever, landing someone who could be the future of Spain’s defence isn’t a bad track to take.

Other side have also been linked with Pau Torres, and that is the case with the Gunners.

El Periodico Mediterraneo say that Mikel Arteta’s side and Barcelona have been interested in the player, although it’s now thought Los Blancos have pushed ahead of those two.

Should the north Londoners want to return for the defender then it is not going to be a cheap operation.

According to the latest report, Villarreal are pointing to the star’s €50m release clause, which the board clearly, and perhaps reasonably, feel is a fair price for the 23-year-old defender.

That would have to be paid in one instalment, with the clause being triggered.

Whilst that would be difficult for the Gunners, it’s something they have shown a willingness to do in the past, with the purchase of the Ghana international Thomas Partey.

The Galacticos would rather use players as part-payment, and some reports in Spain have suggested Dani Ceballos would be an option. Pau’s compatriot is currently on loan at Arsenal, with no buying option.

However, Villarreal management are not thought to be willing to accept players as part of any potential deal.