Why Everton should move for Oliver Torres

Atletico Madrid’s Oliver Torres is expected to leave the club this summer.

Oliver TorresOliver Torres

According to a report by Gianluca Di Marzio, Atletico Madrid’s Oliver Torres is available for transfer with both Porto and Borussia Dortmund in the race for his signature.

The Spain U21 international has struggled for game time at the Vicente Calderon as a result of heavy competition for places, and last season he spent a chunk of the campaign on loan at Porto.

Torres, 21, is widely regarded as one of La Liga’s most exciting prospects, but his fluid style of play means he is very much the opposite of what Atletico boss Diego Simeone wants from his players.

Oliver Torres and NeymarOliver Torres and Neymar

With a summer switch expected, he could turn out to be a superb piece of business for a number of clubs, and one side in particular who should make a move from him is Everton.

The Toffees, now managed by the newly-appointed Ronald Koeman, have money to spend, but their lack of success in last season’s Premier League campaign means that buying proven talent could be tough.

Koeman’s best option could be to target Europe’s next top youngsters, and a new versatile attacking midfielder is very much a signing they should look to target this summer.

New manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conferenceNew manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conference

With a midfield boasting experience in the likes of Tom Cleverly and Gareth Barry, some extra impetus alongside James McCarthy and Ross Barkley would freshen the midfield up at Goodison Park.

Torres can play both centrally and in wide areas, and his main attributes include his ability to play stunning through balls and retain possession under heavy pressure from his opponents.

Last season, the talented youngster netted an impressive seven goals in 26 league games for Porto, while on the international scene has has already made as many as 18 appearances for the Spanish U21 side.

His contract in Madrid doesn’t expire until 2018, but with La Liga giants Atleti seemingly happy to sell him this summer, he could be available for a potential bargain price.

Bayern Munich's Holger Badstuber in action with FC Porto's Oliver TorresBayern Munich's Holger Badstuber in action with FC Porto loanee Oliver Torres

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch