Tottenham Hotspur’s bid to add their number one summer transfer target Mateo Musacchio to their squad is in jeopardy amid fresh reports from Spain.
Spurs have been tracking the Villarreal centre-back for much of the summer as boss Mauricio Pochettino aims to shore up his defence ahead of the new season.
The 23-year-old has garnered a reputation is La Liga as a tough defender with excellent technical abilities and his performances last season reportedly attracted the attentions of Barcelona.
Over the past week, speculation regarding the Argentine’s future has made the headlines with both Villarreal boss Marcelino Garcia Toral and midfield teammate Thomas Pina discussing the complications in possibly having to replace him.
Clearly highly rated and desperately needed at the club, Villarreal have decided to make a counter proposal to Tottenham’s bid by offering the defender a new contract with a significant wage increase, reported by the Spanish publication AS.
“The president has decided to counter [Spurs’ proposal] and he has made an offer to improve the Argentine defender’s contract which would make the difference with Tottenham’s offer seem very short.” The report claims.
It appears the biggest incentive for Musacchio to make the move to White Hart Lane would be the huge economical leap in terms of wages and potential bonuses.
The report goes on to suggest that whilst the £21 million-rated defender may be keen on a move to the Premier League, staying at Villarreal wouldn’t be a bad option and an improved deal could certainly cement that position.