According to a report by Spanish news outlet El Periódico Mediterráneo, as translated by Sport Witness, Villarreal negotiations are underway to sign Tottenham Hotspur starlet Juan Foyth on a permanent deal.
The Lowdown: Foyth impresses in Spain…
Over the course of 2020/2021, it’s safe to say Foyth enjoyed a very fruitful spell overall whilst on loan at the La Liga giants.
According to WhoScored, over his 16 La Liga appearances, he made more successful tackles per 90 than any player in the side (2.5) – perhaps highlighting his colossal presence at times for the eventual Europa League winners.
The Latest: Villarreal negotiations underway…
Now, as per El Periódico Mediterráneo, the Spanish club have been so impressed with Foyth they have already commenced negotiations over bringing him to the Estadio de la Cerámica on a permanent deal.
They have a €15 million (£12.9m) buy option inserted into the loan agreement from 2020 but wish to reduce that fee amid financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
It is also claimed that landing Foyth is now a ‘priority’ for Villarreal and they hope Spurs will lower their demands for the 23-year-old.
While talks are already underway, if they are to come to an agreement, the negotiations will need to ‘intensify’.
One aspect which may boost them is Foyth’s alleged desire to exit Spurs, with this report claiming he now ‘wants to continue’ with them and ‘leave England’.
The Verdict: Possible big loss…
Depending on developments and whether or not Spurs chairman Daniel Levy agrees to the new terms, Foyth’s exit may be a big loss to the Lilywhites’ next manager.
It is clear by his numbers this term that he has a bright future and that was encapsulated by his brave performance in the Europa League final against Manchester United.
Journalist Charlie Eccleshare, of the Athletic, told Spurs supporters in a Q&A last year how Foyth is a ‘really exciting player’ and the Argentine has only gone on to back that claim.
Letting him depart for a fee lower than £12.9m would be disastrous by Levy, especially in this financial climate when every penny could be useful in putting towards a summer transfer kitty.
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