Tottenham Hotpsur are set to meet the £8million buy-out clause for Sevilla defender Federico Fazio, London Evening Standard reports.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with a move for a centre-back all summer, and is close to striking a deal for Fazio after their failed bid for Villareal ace Mateo Musacchio.

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With Michael Dawson nearing a switch to Hull City, Sevilla sporting director Monchi has confirmed Fazio is set to be a Spurs player this season.

The Europa League winners were in the hope that they could negotiate a new contract for the Sevilla captain, but with the Lilywhites meeting the release clause they have no power in blocking talks between the Premier League club and their player.

“It seems that Tottenham is willing to pay the [release] clause,” Monchi told reporters.

“We are waiting to see the money in the Football League. We are not going to negotiate with anyone because our desire is to keep Fazio in Sevilla.

“Two months ago we talked about his renewal, but it was not possible. When an English team appears interested in one of our players it is difficult because they can multiply player salaries.

“We tried to renew him since last season but the distances were huge even if we were hoping to make a new deal.”

 

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