The Argentine defender has been a key figure for the Yellow Submarines at the heart of the back-line and has earned plaudits from Spain and beyond. Villarreal managed a commendable sixth place finish in their first season back in Spain’s top division and much of that was down to a solid defensive unit. Musacchio has been scouted on plenty of occasions by Barcelona and Chelsea but the Catalans will now be looking at alternatives as they were not fully convinced by the player in their visits, FDN sources in Spain revealed. Chelsea now lead the race for the Argentine international’s capture and a healthy bid upwards of 15million could convince Villarreal to part ways with their defender, despite being reluctant to sell.