Unai Emery has wanted Juan Foyth for a long time. The manager says he wanted the defender at PSG, but that Tottenham got to him first. Now in March of his loan season here in Villarreal, he is one of the 11 most used players in all competitions this season, and has become pretty consistent defensively as both a right back and center back.
The buy option for Foyth’s deal is, as most of you will know, 15m. That is a small amount of change for his parent club Spurs but for us, that’s a significant outlay. It will be even more significant if disaster strikes and we miss Europe this season. In the AS article that cited this rumor, Javi Mata cited speculation around the future of Pau Torres as part of the motivation for getting the deal for Foyth done.
I’ve said repeatedly that I really don’t think Pau is going anywhere. I think that logistically, most of the big clubs either have their CBs already, have a greater need (like Real Madrid needing a goalscorer) or just flat out can’t afford Pau right now (Barcelona comes to mind). Any move for our budding star CB will just be too complicated for this coming summer, in my opinion.
That said, if Foyth can continue to be a reliable defender at multiple positions (even if he offers nothing whatsoever as a fullback going forward), it might not be a bad deal for the team to secure the services of a young talented player.
Speaking of young talented players...
There’s been some chatter in our comment section about Villarreal beating other clubs to the signature of Nikita Iosifov, a young winger from Lokomotiv Moscow. Let’s keep in mind before we make too much of that rumor that Iosifov only has 27 minutes of action for Loko so far this season in the Russian Premier League. Even if we acquire the rights to him, this is not a player you should expect to see in yellow anytime soon. Think of it as a Jorge Cuenca buy and stash on loan type of deal.