Sevilla target Mateo Musacchio as Lenglet replacement

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Former Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio looks like he may be on his way back to Spain with Sevilla interested in signing the Argentine. Currently on the books at AC Milan, he was brought into the club by their new free-spending chairman last summer. In a plethora of deals, the Milan club spent €230 million by bringing in no less than 11 first team players.

Due to this massive outlay, Musacchio has significant competition for a place in the first team. Former Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci and Alessio Romagnoli have been the preferred partnership by the two managers at AC Milan this past season; Vincenzo Montella (also sacked by Sevilla) and current boss Gennaro Gattuso. 31 year old Cristian Zapata has even been ahead of Musacchio at times, with the Colombian clocking up 12 Serie A appearances.

Musacchio has struggled for regular first team football at the club, making only 15 Serie A appearances. Having only missed three games through injury, it’s clear to see that he simply has not been preferred by either manager. Both Romagnoli and Bonucci are two top quality centre backs, so Musacchio shouldn’t feel too aggrieved to be behind them.

Now 27 however, the Argentine will be looking for regular first team football. Having been omitted from Jorge Sampaoli’s World Cup squad, Musacchio has further reason to seek a new club.

With Clement Lenglet seemingly on his way to La Liga champions Barcelona, Sevilla are already making moves to replace the Frenchman. Musacchio is well acquainted with Spanish football having played 248 games for Villarreal during his seven years at the club.

The club have already made significant changes since the end of the season, with previous intern-manager Joaquin Caparros being installed as director of football. Pablo Machin has also come in as the new manager, following a most impressive spell with Girona.

This new team are now focusing on bringing Mateo Musacchio back to Spain following an ill-fated season in AC Milan and his €18 million move from Villarreal. Sevilla will be hoping that a figure below €15 million will be enough to push the transfer through. This will allow them to have €20 million to play with after the €35 million deal for Lenglet is completed also.



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