Villarreal president Fernando Roig has denied reports that Aston Villa bought Pau Torres for an inflated fee.
Some reports claimed that Villarreal banked a combined €100 million (£86.7m) this summer, from sales including Torres to Villa and Nicolas Jackson to Chelsea. But Roig has been quick to stress that is not true, with the figures not “anywhere near” the reported number.
Torres joined Villa this summer and the centre-back was a priority for manager Unai Emery. He was bought for a reported £35m, and has been a standout performer so far this season.
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director Ollie Watkins Speaking about his club’s summer of sales, Roig said AS:
“We don’t sell, but there are times when players want to leave. This summer they came to buy, we I received offers for players who wanted to leave and look for better opportunities, and it was beneficial for both parties.
“We sold a significant amount but didn’t get as much as rumored . Villarreal did not earn 100 million euros.
“Villarreal has sold with a difference between what he bought and what he sold in these years of 69 million, and that is the reality. Whatever we cannot muster, we make up for with this type of activity.
“As I said, we have the risk of being at the top, normally we break even, but when we don’t, we also want to sell and do this type of activity.”