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Tottenham Close to Signing Villarreal Defender Mateo Musacchio For £17million

Mateo 600x394 Tottenham Close to Signing Villarreal Defender Mateo Musacchio For £17million

Reports from Spain have been surfacing over the past few days linking Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio with a £17 million move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Today, news from England says the deal is in place and the 23-year-old will soon be arriving at White Hart Lane.

When the deal is announced, Musacchio will become the fourth new arrival in north London this summer following: Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Ben Davies and Michel Vorm (Swansea City).

Although the defender has played just twice internationally for Argentina since 2011 and spent the 2012-13 season in the Segunda Division, Musacchio helped the Spanish club earn promotion last season and made 32 appearances for El Submarino Amarillo; Villarreal also qualified for the 2014-15 Europa League.

Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral has been commenting on the player’s imminent departure since the weekend and the 48-year-old boss knows his side will have a difficult time replacing Musacchio.

“Things will change quite a lot [for this team]. The quality and level of [Musacchio] will make it difficult to find a replacement,” Toral told the Spanish newspaper AS.

“It’s always more complicated to adapt the team to a new defender than to a forward or midfielder [and] it’s not easy, at this level, to find a new defender. It won’t be easy [to replace him] but the solution, for better or worse, will be found soon.”

“Mateo is a very important player for Villarreal,” he added. “He’s an excellent player and will be a difficult loss to cover, especially as he plays in a tough position to reinforce.”

Although Musacchio lacks pace, he makes up for that deficiency by reading the game well and anticipating where the ball is going to be next; the defender made 108 interceptions last season in La Liga.

His addition is another solid signing by new Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Expect an announcement from Tottenham within 24-48 hours.


About Peter Quinn

Although a college basketball coach for sixteen years on the NCAA Division I and II levels, Peter has been an avid football fan for more than half his life. He considers himself a student of coaching and team management. As well as coaching, Peter has spent time working in Sports Information at various colleges and universities. His articles on European football have been picked up by Bleacher Report UK, International Business Times UK and USA Today. Twitter: @CoachPeteQuinn
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6 Responses to Tottenham Close to Signing Villarreal Defender Mateo Musacchio For £17million

  1. Cody (#2) says:

    Does this mean Vertonghen is leaving?

  2. Wan says:

    Dawson leaving, I guess.

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