Tottenham eying Villarreal stalwart

Tottenham are keeping tabs on Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio, according to Metro.

Reports in Spain are suggesting new White Hart Lane boss Mauricio Pochettino has his sights on the 23-year-old as a potential replacement for Jan Vertonghen, should Barcelona follow up their interest in the Belgium international.

Pochettino has sent scouts to watch the Argentine and has been impressed with his performances for the La Liga side.

A deal would solely depend on whether Jan Vertonghen completes a move to Barcelona, although the Belgian has denied any truth in the rumour.

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He said: “Interest from a great club like FC Barcelona pleases me of course – this is confirmation that you’re doing well.

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, they say, but for the moment there is certainly no fire.’

However, Vertonghen has stopped short on putting an end to the rumours behind his departure by not yet signing a new deal at the north London outfit.

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