Villareal chairman Fernando Roig has made it clear to any club courting defensive starlet Mateo Musacchio that they will not get him on the cheap, declaring that any bid below his €50million release clause will be swiftly rejected.
Musacchio has attracted interest from a string of top clubs across Europe with a string of composed performances at the heart of the Villareal defence this season, with Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City among the sides keeping tabs on his availability.
Serie A giants Fiorentina and Barcelon are also thought to be watching Musacchio, but Villareal chief Roig is adamant that it would take the full €50million up front to secure his services.
Riog is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "Musacchio has a contract until 2018, therefore he will be here for four more years.
"If someone wants to come and pay what he is worth, then we will talk. For the player to leave, it depends on three parties, not just one or two - he has a contract.
"If he is wanted, then for Villarreal it is fine, but only if the money is paid up front."
The 23-year-old has been at Villareal for more than three years and helped the club regain La Liga status last season, making more than 120 senior appearances for the Yellow Submarines.
Fine displays in Spain have also been enough to earn the youngster a taste of international action during his formative years, with the last of his two Argentina caps coming in 2011.
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