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Sevilla (just about) confirm Fazio departure

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Federico Fazio is probably on his way to Spurs. The Sevilla director of football mostly said so.

Clive Rose

A move for Sevilla central defender Federico Fazio materialized shortly after Mateo Musacchio's transfer fell apart amidst a mess of third-party conflicts. Today Sevilla's Director of Football Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, told the media that an English club has agreed to pay Fazio's release clause and that Sevilla is now making arrangements for his departure.

"Respecto a Fazio, parece que hay un club inglés que está dispuesto a pagar la cláusula de rescisión y parece que se produce eso. Sólo podemos esperar a que o bien el jugador o bien el club deposite una cantidad en la Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Nosotros no vamos a negociar con nadie porque queremos que el jugador se quede. Hemos tratado de renovarlo durante el verano y mejorar su cláusula y no pudimos. El mercado marca las pautas. Cuando se cruza un club inglés, hay poco que hacer".

Monchi says the club would not negotiate, but they had little option when the unnamed Club Inglés came through with the release clause bid. Presumably this club was Tottenham Hotspur. Presumably this money is going to come through and Fazio will pass his medical and be announced as a Tottenham player very soon. There are still always possible stumbling blocks when no official announcement has been made, but I think this basically confirms that Fazio is going to be signed barring a bad medical.