Tottenham defender Juan Foyth is set to join Villarreal on a season-long loan, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Foyth joined Spurs from Argentine side Estudiantes in the summer of 2017 but has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho.
The 22-year-old centre-back – who can also play on the right, where he is a starter for the Argentina national team – hasn’t featured at all this season and it looks like he may have played his final game for Tottenham.
That’s because the ever reliable Romano claims Foyth is ‘expected to join’ Villarreal on an initial loan deal, but the Spanish giants can make the move permanent for a future fee of just €15 million.
Juan Foyth is expected to join Villarreal on loan with buy option [€15m] from Tottenham. Last details to be sorted soon. Villarreal will pay 100% of his salary. Foyth turned down 2 bids from Italy to join Villarreal ? #THFC #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 2, 2020
Of course, there is a chance things won’t go well for Foyth in Spain and he could return to Spurs next summer, but the inclusion of a buy option suggests the Londoners are willing to let him leave for good.
It’s a shame because Foyth has shown moments of real class, particularly when bringing the ball out from the back – at the same time he has looked shaky on occasion and perhaps lacks the physicality to succeed as a centre-back for a Mourinho team.