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Musacchio is in Milan for his medical

No repeat of last summer’s saga.

Villarreal CF v Odense BK - UEFA Champions League Play-Off
Musacchio in 2011 (Champions League playoff vs Odense)
Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Mateo Musacchio is in Milan, having his medical evaluation (yes, he really is) ahead of presumably signing a contract with AC Milan. I Rossoneri qualified for the Europa League next season so who knows, we may run into him again....

The general parameters of the deal have been discussed for awhile but seem to be around €18m, Mateo to sign a four-year deal with AC.

Mateo Musacchio is still only 26; he became a regular in our defense before turning 20, and continued to be a regular starter for the next seven years. We signed him from River Plate, though for a long time we didn’t have all his rights and we took River to court over that; the whole story is too complicated to explain here but we eventually negotiated some sort of settlement.

Musacchio is a strong tackler and is always among the leaders in La Liga in blocking shots. Unfortunately he’s always been the sort of player who when he does his job well, you don’t notice so much, and over the last couple of years he’s become one of three players for two positions rather than an automatic starter, in part due to injuries.

His Villarreal legacy was tarnished this year due to the summer transfer saga which brought modest hilarity (Milan brass arriving for dinner with Sr. Roig, but having no money to buy the player) and much anger (exactly what happened between Musacchio and Marcelino, who knows, but clearly something took place that led to players going to Sr. Roig and eventually led to Marcelino’s downfall). That aside, however, he was a member of two Europa league semifinal teams, teams that qualified for Champions League, and—let’s not forget—he was one of the players who stayed on and was a key player (39 starts!) in our Segunda season.

I will miss his shot-blocking, his overall competitiveness, most of all I will miss that “You cannot be serious!!!” face he would give the referee when called for a foul, usually involving an aerial challenge in the middle of the pitch. Ah well, memories.

Thank you, Mateo, for everything, or at least maybe most of it, and good luck with Milan. I know you’ll enjoy the city and playing at the San Siro.

Sr. Roig, just make sure the €18m check doesn’t bounce.