Reports from Spain suggest that Mateo Musacchio is close to completing a deal to sign for Tottenham. The Argentine central defender is expected to join Spurs from Villarreal within days.
According to various media reports Tottenham are in negotiations with Villarreal to sign their Argentine central defender, Mateo Musacchio. The deal has been mentioned over the past few days but the speculation and whispers are becoming stronger by the minute.
There had been reports of concerns over third party ownership deals surrounding Musacchio and the agreement between Villarreal and his former club River Plate over the percentage of the fee due to the Argentine club, these difficulties, however, appear to have been addressed.
On Sunday evening, the Villarreal manager was speaking in terms of the difficulty of replacing Musacchio. He said,
The exit of Musacchio would complicate things for the team due to the quality of the player. It’s incredibly difficult to find quality defenders at this time. It won’t be easy. The solution whether good or bad, will be resolved soon. Mateo is an important player for Villarreal and it will be difficult to replace.
Mateo Musacchio To Tottenham?
A journalist with Sky Sports News, Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) tweeted that the Villarreal manager had confirmed that Mateo Musacchio would join Tottenham.
Villarreal coach Marcelino has confirmed that Mateo Musacchio is set to join Tottenham.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 3, 2014
The Mirror journalist, Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) tweeted that he understood that the fee for Musacchio was £17m.
The Villarreal midfielder Cani admitted that the possible departure of Musacchio would be a great loss to Villarreal. He said,
He is a major player on and off the field. We lose, if he go, a great teammate and a great player.
Mateo Musacchio is described as a strong player, pretty quick, great in the air and a player who reads play well. This is backed up by the tweet of Sergei Dominguez (@FutbolSergei) a freelance football journalist whose main focus is on Spanish football, who gave his assessment of Musacchio.
Mateo Musacchio was one of the best CBs in La Liga last season. Absolute rock. Proficient tackler. Incisive passing. Still 23 too.
— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) August 3, 2014
He later added in a second tweet,,
He is a proficient interceptor too? Intercepted 110 balls last season – more than any player in La Liga.
The Mirror are suggesting that Michael Dawson will be the central defender to leave Spurs with Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Eric Dier retained as cover for Jan Vertonghen and Musacchio. Kaboul and Chiriches are reported to have attracted interest from Lazio and Roma respectively but Spurs are looking to keep them at the club.