A report from Spain has suggested Villarreal are refusing to consider selling Mateo Musacchio.
The main website of Catalan based newspaper Sport has run a story which, translated, is headlined ‘Villarreal refuses to sell the crown jewel of their project’ in relation to the defender.
The 23-year-old Argentine has been one of the La Liga side’s best performers this season, which has created the apparent interest from the Premier League giants as well as other huge sides across Europe.
“Mateo Musacchio has become the crown jewel of Villarreal. The Italo-Argentine Central is the most valuable player of the yellow submarine,” reads part of the report.
Musacchio could be a very good option for either United or Chelsea because of the fact his contract with Villarreal expires next summer.
If the story on Sport is accurate then it suggests Villarreal won’t be interested in doing business when the January transfer window opens on Wednesday.
That will push the possibility of a transfer back to the summer, which creates the chance that any of the sides interested in him could pick him up as a free agent, without spending a penny.
What could change the situation is the clause in his current contract which will allow a club to trigger his release clause next month if they are willing to pay €50 million for the privilege.
“For the club want him, and they know they must pay 50 million euros of the clause - the yellow set has warned that clubs were interested in him not think a single euro downgrade of its clause,” adds the report.
It’s a game of cat and mouse. Villarreal don’t want to lose one of their best players but they risk seeing him leave for nothing next summer if they can’t get a club to buy him next month.
It’s the same for United and Chelsea. They would prefer to try and sign him as a free agent rather than pay his buy-out clause, which could be their only option if they can’t get Villarreal to listen to smaller offers.
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