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A record winger for Villarreal

The 15 million that the club will pay for Estupiñán make him the most expensive defender in its history. Only the forwards Alcácer, Gerard, Ekambi, Nilmar, and Soldado cost more

After the official confirmation of his signing this Wednesday, Pervis Estupiñán (Esmeraldas, Ecuador, 1998) has already become the most expensive defender in the history of Villarreal. 15 million euros are what the Castellón club is going to pay for this Ecuadorian player to Watford, the club to which he belongs and which he gave to Osasuna last season. It was his good performance in the Navarrese team that convinced the yellow sports management that the winger could be the ideal replacement on the left-back for Alberto Moreno, who will be out for a minimum of six months after undergoing ligament surgery.

And the bet is strong considering the amount that Villarreal is going to pay for a player who, it should be remembered, is only 22 years old. So strong that the Castellón club had never paid such a high figure for a defender to date. The cap, in this sense, was held by Ruben Semedo, for whom the people of Castellón paid 14 million euros to Sporting de Portugal a little more than three years ago. In the case of Estupiñán, the bar will be raised one million more, to 15 million, placing the Ecuadorian player among the most expensive signings in the club’s history.

Only in five footballers has Villarreal invested more money than it is going to allocate to seize the services of the Watford player. The most expensive signing is that of Paco Alcácer, who landed last winter market at the Castellón club in exchange for 23 million euros that Borussia Dortmund pocketed. The forward thus advanced on the list to Gerard Moreno, for whom Espanyol had been paid 20 million euros (thanks to the fact that Villarreal still had fifty percent of his rights). That same summer, 18 million euros had also been invested in Ekambi, which was also the most expensive signing at the time until, a few days later, Gerard arrived.

And ahead of Estupiñán, there are only two other forwards on that list: Nilmar (who arrived after paying 16.5 million euros to Internacional de Porto Alegre) and Roberto Soldado, whose return to LaLiga cost the yellows 16 million that went to Tottenham’s accounts.

The list clearly speaks of the strong bet that Villarreal is making for a footballer who was one of the revelations in the last edition of the championship. On loan from Watford, Estupiñán played 39 games with Osasuna in which he scored a goal and gave seven assists in what was his first experience in the Primera, but not in Spain. The previous year he had already played in the ranks of Mallorca, in Second, his third team in national football after having previously passed through the Granada and Almería subsidiary.

With the incorporation of Estupiñán, Unai Emery sees covered one of the positions that he intended to reinforce before the close of the transfer market. The other is the central defense.

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