Villarreal sign highly rated Velez midfielder Caseres

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The young Argentine midfielder has been signed as the replacement for Rodri with the La Liga club

Villarreal have secured the signing of highly rated Argentine midfielder Santiago Caseres from Velez Sarsfield on a five-year deal.

The Yellow Submarine have been on the hunt for a defensive midfielder following the departure of Rodri to Atletico Madrid and Caseres, 21, is the man selected to fill the void.

After playing in 11 games in 2016-17 in Argentina's top division for Velez, Caseres broke out in 2017-18, featuring in 23 contests, all starts, for the side that finished 14th in the table.

Though that was Caseres' first full year with the Velez first team, in that time he has reportedly drawn admiring glances from numerous European clubs, with Atletico said to have been one of them.

This season he has become a crucial part of Gabriel Heinze's side and is said to have collected Velez somewhere in the region of €10 million (£9m/$12m).

Villarreal have finished in fifth place each of the last two La Liga campaigns and have had a busy summer to date.

The club have added Miguel Layun from Porto and Ramiro Funes Mori from Everton to shore up the defence. 

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They have also brought in forwards Gerard Moreno and Karl Toko Ekambi to aid in attack. 

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