Why Tottenham may be running out of time for £17m Villarreal star

Mauricio Pochettino could miss out on another transfer target after Villarreal moved to offer Mateo Musacchio a new contract at the La Liga club.

Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of signing highly-rated La Liga defender Mateo Musacchio hang in the balance after the player’s currently club reportedly moved to offer the Argentine a new contract.

The Lilywhites had previously been linked with a £17 million move for the stopper, who has impressed since moving to Spain from River Plate in his homeland.

Just 23, Musacchio had been identified by those behind the scenes at White Hart Lane as the ideal man to partner Jan Vertonghen in the centre of the Tottenham defence, as the club looks to offload Michael Dawson ahead of the start of the new campaign.

It has been thought that Spurs were close to completing a deal for the South American this week, but that assertion has been thrown into doubt following a series of reports from Spain which appear to indicate Villarreal are keen to keep hold of the player.

According to AS, the president of the club nicknamed “the Yellow Submarine” Fernando Roig, is reportedly preparing to offer Musacchio an improved contract.

The new deal would be designed to match any offer from Spurs and could see the player persuaded to remain in Spain for the foreseeable future.

This is the latest development in what is proving to be something of a transfer saga for the north London club, with the deal previously hitting a snag over complications involving the fact that the player is currently owned by a third party – a common issue with signings from the region.

But with no confirmation that Musacchio has put pen to paper on a new contract, Spurs remain in pole position to land the defender, provided they move fast with an offer too good for Villarreal to turn down.

The Lilywhites have already recruited Ben Davies and Eric Dier this summer, while Vlad Chiriches could leave the club.

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