Musacchio is just 20-years-old, and after beginning his career with River Plate in his native Argentina, the talented centre-back moved to Spain’s Villareal in 2009. Initially with the B team, Musacchio was promoted to the first team and made his debut just over a year ago; he has been a first-choice centre-back for Juan Carlos Garrido ever since.
With Musacchio seen as a potential long-term replacement for Jamie Carragher, Kenny Dalglish will both be seeking extra defensive cover and continuing his interest in bringing in talented young players to build a squad for the future at Anfield.
It has been reported in Italy that Liverpool have already made an offer of €6million for the Argentine defender, but the Reds will have to fight off interest from Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan if they want to land the up-and-coming centre back’s signature. It is thought though, that as Villareal have only relatively recently signed Musacchio, the Spanish club will be unwilling to sell unless a much more substantial offer arrives, something Liverpool’s owners, NESV, have the resources to arrange.
While the young Argentine has shown great potential in Spain, at just 5’11”, Musacchio could have his work cut out to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League, where bruising centre forwards (e.g. Drogba, Carew, Heskey, Zigic) are liable to dominate smaller defenders.
However, having superseded some experienced defenders in his rise to the Villareal first-team, Mustacchio looks to be a bright prospect and playing with and learning from a defender of Carragher’s experience would surely benefit the 20-year-old should the deal go through in the summer.
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