According to a report from El Periodico Mediterraneo, Tottenham’s Juan Foyth is close to joining Villarreal on a season-long loan deal.
The Argentine defender, signed from Estudiantes in the summer of 2017, hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. Foyth has played just 32 times for Tottenham in all competitions, seven of those coming last season.
Still only 22, Foyth can develop into a very good defender, but he is unlikely to get regular game time at Tottenham. Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez are all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Mourinho is also looking to bring in a new centre-half before the window ends next week. Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger (Sky Sports) and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar (Di Marzio) are reportedly his defensive targets.
The addition of either of those defenders will push Foyth further down the pecking order. Spurs are open to letting him on loan before the window closes next week, and La Liga’s Villarreal are said to be the frontrunners.
Unai Emery’s side are looking for reinforcements at the back and Foyth is reportedly their number one target. The Yellow Submarine were keen to sign him back in 2017, but Spurs were quick to snap him up then.
Talks between the two clubs are ongoing over the inclusion of a purchase option/obligation. Mourinho is a big admirer of the young defender, but he does not have him in his plans for this season.
However, the report claims that he views Foyth as the future of Tottenham’s defence. He feels that a loan move will help him improve, and Villarreal are a big enough club for him to develop.
It will be interesting to see if Spurs include a purchase option in the deal. A good season away in Spain will make him ready for a place at Tottenham, but if Villarreal have a chance to sign him, they will likely take it.