Earlier this week, Pau Torres left Villarreal in order to join former head coach Unai Emery at Aston Villa. As a result, Els Groguets will be tasked with finding a replacement for the 26-year-old, whose departure has left a hole in the centre of defence.
Villarreal are considering a number of options as they look to replace Torres, and one of them in Rafa Marin, according to Marca. The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Real Madrid this summer, as he only has one year left on his contract.
Marin had an excellent season for Real Madrid Castilla in 2022-23, and he is ready to make the step up to top division football. However, as he is unlikely to be included in Carlo Ancelotti’s first team squad, a departure is more likely.
If signed, Marin would compete with Jorge Cuenca to play alongside veteran Raul Albiol. It would be an excellent pick-up for Villarreal, although they aren’t the only team interested in signing the young defender, as Real Betis are also keen.