In need of playing time last season, Tottenham Hotspur’s Juan Foyth joined Villarreal on a loan deal and the La Liga side had an option to make his stay permanent for €15m this summer.
Unai Emery used the Spurs player as a right-back and also in the heart of his back four, and his versatility and performances had already convinced the manager to retain the 23-year-old for next season.
The Argentina international has a year left on his contract with the Premier League side and the Yellow Submarine wanted to take advantage of this, to complete the defender’s signing on a low-cost operation.
Foyth has been a ‘priority’ target for the Europa League winners, and this is again echoed in Friday’s edition of AS.
Emery’s side, however, couldn’t convince Spurs to offer a discount in the end as the report states the two clubs decided to close the deal ‘for an amount close to €15m’.
Foyth will be Villarreal’s first new signing for the 2021/22 season, and an announcement will be on the way.