Federico Fazio is edging toward Espanyol, slowly. The Argentine central defender is very much surplus to requirements at Tottenham Hotspur, and if things had gone as planned then he’d now be a Sevilla player.

Fazio returned to his former club, where he’d been captain, on loan for the second half of last season. However, it wasn’t a very successful loan with Fazio failing to win the affection of fans back, and also failing to impress for Sevilla in the chances he got.

Sevilla subsequently had no intention of signing Fazio on a permanent deal, and that meant looking for a new club.

For around a week there have been reports in Spain that Espanyol couldn’t match the price Tottenham want. Catalan newspaper Sport reported on Saturday: ‘the amounts demanded by his current club Tottenham are not bearable’.

Although there was no mention of the amounts. Daniel Levy has a reputation in Spain, and beyond, as a fearsome negotiator and it would seem Spurs are asking a relatively high for price for Fazio.

On Monday, Sport quote Espanyol director of football Angel Gomes as saying: “It’s very complicated.”

A loan move is what has been explained as the likelier option, and Espanyol want to announce several transfers this week.