He was due to have contract extension talks but his agents cancelled them and he arranged to fly to London instead. A picture has emerged on Twitter of him allegedly on a Ryaniar flight from Sevilla to Barcelona yesterday.
Tottenham had been pursuing Hector Moreno (Espanyol), who broke his leg at the World Cup, Dejan Lovren (Southampton), who went to Liverpool for £20 million ($33.14m - €25.03m) and Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal) who his club, despite only owning 35% of him, wanted 76% of the transfer fee.
As is the case with transfers, a list of targets were pursued with others on the list given notice of our interest and informed that there may be a possible deal later in the transfer window. Players then hold off on signing contracts. Fazio was offered contract extension talks at the beginning of the window with a big wage increase so Sevilla could insert a large buyout clause in a new contract, he wanted to keep his options open at that point.
His agent refused those talks and contract discussions were set up for this week if our interest, which the players agent would have known about, were not followed up. We pursued our preferred targets and when it became clear Villarreal were not going to come to a deal with the others owners of Mateo Musacchio we switched our attention to Fazio.
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Agreement was swift, the player is clearly keen to play in the Premier League having just won the Europa League with Sevilla. He joined them in 2007 from Argentine second division side Ferro Carril Oeste in
He integral part of the Argentina under-20 team that won the FIFA World Cup in 2007 and helped his country win a gold gold at the Summer Olympics.
Fazio is not playing for Sevilla this weekend as they say he is being transferred and wish him well, adding that he has improved immensely last year and is worth far more than his £8.01 million (€10m - $13.24m) buyout clause.
Frederico Fazio Fact File
|Full name||Federico Julián Fazio|
|Date of birth||17 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Ferro Carril Oeste|
|2005–2006||Ferro Carril Oeste||48||(3)|
HonoursSevilla Atlético (Sevilla B team)
Segunda División B: 2006–07
UEFA Europa League: 2013–14
Copa del Rey: 2009–10
Supercopa de España: 2007; Runner-up 2010
UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2014
Argentina Under 20
FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2007
Argentina Under 23
Summer Olympics: 2008
Always nice to have a played used to winning things and having played in major finals in your ranks. Fazio is a right footed centre-back who can also play as a defensive midfielder.
Sevilla 2013/14 StatisticsPlayed : 27
Forward Passes: 754/986
Accurate Long Passes: 114/202
Pass Success: 77%
Goals: 2 (both crosses from free-kicks)
Tackles Won: 28
Tackles Lost: 31
Beats his man: 90%
Headers Won: 76.67%
All Challenges 63.14%
Errors: 2 (1 led to a goal)