Tottenham in talks for £21m defensive star

Tottenham are discussing a £21m move for Mateo Musacchio with Villarreal, according to reports from The Mirror.

The Argentine centre-back – a former target for Barcelona and Liverpool – shone for the Spaniards last term as he helped them on their return to La Liga after a short spell out of the top tier.

His displays impressed Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino, who is keen to reshuffle his backline after taking control at White Hart Lane.

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Musacchio is seen as a good partner for Jan Vertonghen, with the Argentine coach keen to ensure that the massive defeats which haunted the Lilywhites’ 2013/14 campaign are not repeated.

Villarreal value their man at £21m, but Tottenham are understood to have opened negotiations with a £16m offer.

Although a large bid, El Submarino Amarillo may well reject as they owe 35% of any fee received to River Plate.

Musacchio is a classy centre-back who has been praised for his ability on the ball as well as his sound defensive characteristics.

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