Europa League finalists Sevilla keen to land ex-Spurs winger

Iago Falque has been exceptional for Genoa, since leaving Spurs. Now clubs in Spain are queueing up sign him.

Regardless of obvious talent and potential, some players can find adapting to life in one league and country, decidedly more difficult than another.

That certainly proved to be the case for Spanish winger Iago Falque, who arrived at Tottenham in 2011, widely tipped as one of the next great young talents emerging from the Iberian peninsula, following an impressive loan spell with Villarreal B.

Spurs initially loaned Falque from the club holding his contract, Juventus, but just six months and six appearances later, he was signed permanently. He was subsequently shipped out on loan to Southampton in the Championship in January 2012, but made just the one appearance.

Unfortunately for Falque, sufficient progress wasn't forthcoming during the 2012-13 season, and after struggling to make just five appearances, another loan away from White Hart Lane beckoned. This time in January 2013, heading back to Spain and Almeria side who at the time, were battling for promotion from the Segunda.

Falque was impressive back in his home country, and was clearly an inspirational figure for Almeria, who were sad to see him leave. They tried to secure another season on loan, but were unsuccessful. Unable to force himself into the plans of then Spurs boss, Andre Villas-Boas, he was instead loaned out to another La Liga side, Rayo Vallecano.

Sufficiently impressive with Rayo during the 2013-14 campaign, but still not enough to convince current Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, last summer the London club finally sold Falque to Genoa in Italy, for a fee believed to have been around €2.4 million.

This season Falque has quite literally exploded, taking Serie A by storm, firing in an impressive 13 goals in 30 league appearances. Such form now has clubs flocking to move for the 25-year-old this summer.

A return to La Liga is now looking the most likely destination, given that according to Mundo Deportivo, Europa League finalists Sevilla have taken a shine to Falque, although it is also suggested that Villarreal are also keen to swoop.

Both clubs are now believed to be the strongest suitors, in the market for a player who can offer them the positional flexibility. Falque has certainly demonstrated that with Genoa this season, playing on the left and right flanks, as well as more central roles.

The difficulty for Sevilla and Villarreal, could be the high valuation Genoa have set, with the Italians currently touting a €13 million asking price. However, reports in Spain suggest they may be open to a lucrative loan deal, with an option to buy clause included.

Given how impressive Falque has been since departing from Tottenham, some have suggested they perhaps jumped the gun in selling, or didn't give him enough opportunities to prove himself. But in reality, it's perhaps simply the case it was just never meant to be for him in the Premier League.

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