After Spanish website Fichajes.com reported that there were several clubs interested in Sevilla defender Federico Fazio, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Fiorentina all said to be battling for the Argentine's services, we have put together five facts on the 27-year-old Sevilla stalwart.
1) He is a colossus of a defender
At 6'5", Fazio is one of the tallest centre-backs in La Liga. But it isn't just his height that is so impressive, being almost as wide as he is tall, Fazio is an aggressive and powerful centre back. With United losing Nemanja Vidic in the summer, and Arsenal looking for back up to Per Mertesacker, the Sevilla man is like both in one, possessing the power and strength of the Serb with a height comparable to the German.
2) Dual nationality means no work-permit problems
As well as power and aerial threat, Fazio also has dual Italian and Argentinian nationality, meaning that there will be no need for a work permit in order for him to move to England. The fact he has Italian links may make him an attractive option for sides such as Fiorentina.
Fazio has actually been in Spain long enough now to have qualified for Spanish nationality, having joined Sevilla in 2007. His versatility doesn't just extend to his nationality, having also played in midfield positions at times for Sevilla.
3) The Argentine has had injury problems in the past.
Despite bursting on to the scene in the 2007-08 season, Fazio had some periods out of the team over the next few seasons with injury, suffering back and ankle issues that ruled him out for extended periods, not unusual for such a large player.
Speaking in 2011 after coming back from a 6 month lay off for an ankle issue, the defender said: "“I feel good, but I lack a bit of fitness after being so long out, but I welcome the fact that my ankle is not troubling me. I will play central midfield or defence for the team, I have no problems with my versatility.”
4) He has Under-20 World Cup and Olympic gold medals.
He was part of the Argentinian Under-20 side that won the World Cup in Canada in 2007, a tournament where Sergio Aguero, already proving himself a hit at Atletico Madrid, emerged as top-scorer. Fazio also won Olympic gold in Beijing the year after, but despite these early successes for his country the centre-back has just two caps for the senior team, both coming in 2011.
5) A release-clause of just €10million may make him an affordable reinforcement.
Talksport reported a release clause of just €10million two months ago when discussing the player, which at around £8million, is a very decent fee for a seasoned La Liga defender coming into the peak of his career. He was being linked with Barcelona until their transfer ban waylaid any summer acquisitions - meaning La Liga's loss could be the Premier League's gain.