Chelsea ready £21m move for Argentine defender
Premier League toppers Chelsea are prepared to battle it out with AC Milan for the signature of Villareal defender Mateo Musacchio.
The 26-year-old has been in impressive touch for the La Liga outfit this campaign following a couple of seasons where he has been hindered by injuries.
According to The Mirror, the Argentina international is close to agreeing terms with the Rossoneri, but the Blues could still hijack the move as the player has a £21m release clause.
Musacchio, previously a target for both Arsenal and Barcelona is regarded as one of the standout defenders in the Spanish league, and a move to Stamford Bridge with Champions League could be something hard to ignore.
Nevertheless, he would have to be guaranteed a regular spot in the starting lineup if he is to link up with the Premier League leaders this summer.
Villareal currently hold the best defensive record in La Liga, and most of the credit must go to Musacchio, who has made the most number of interceptions per game.