Atlético, for Gonzalo Villar

The rojiblanco club has set its eyes on the Roma's midfielder. Although De Paul will arrive, Saúl can leave, Torreira said goodbye and Herrera has a market.


Atlético continues to create the squad for next season. With the preseason just started and the bulk of the team absent due to the dispute in international tournaments, the project is going through a continuous summer, with few changes in the League champion and the main idea of maintaining his spinal column.

But, where more movement can occur is in the center of the field. Atlético will be reinforced by Rodrigo de Paul, who is completing an extraordinary Copa América and has been performing at a very high level at Udinese for years. However, the club continues to study incorporations for that strip of the field and has set its eyes on Gonzalo Villar. The 23-year-old Murcian midfielder is one of the great evolutions in Rome, participating in 47 games last season and has been international in the lower categories of the National Team, with a leading role in the last U21 Euro Cup.

Organizing footballer who can also act as a pivot, a position where there are fewer natural troops, Atlético is very interested in its future, as AS has learned. Its market value in Transfermarkt is 15 million, although to launch for its signing, exits would have to occur. Lucas Torreira left the club after completing his loan from Arsenal and Saúl's future is up in the air. The youth squad would see with good eyes a change of scene after his loss of prominence in Simeone's schemes and in the Premier League he enjoys a great poster, with Liverpool with the last suitor.

Atlético, who is also open to negotiating his departure, will not give away a player who has been key in recent seasons and who is still 26 years old, so the economic operation would have to be important. The club must also analyze the future of Héctor Herrera, in his last year of contract and about to start the Gold Cup with Mexico. Last year it took a step forward and when it was available it left a good performance in the engine room. But the injuries and the coronavirus deprived him of having greater continuity. Atlético in principle has its continuity, but it is facing the last opportunity to obtain economic income from the 31-year-old footballer.

In the event that movements occur, on behalf of Gonzalo Villar is in the fore. In January 2020, he arrived at Roma from Elche and could return to Spain to show growth in his game. His brother Javier has just signed for Real Madrid and Atlético is a very attractive club, fixed in the Champions League (Roma finished in seventh place last season) and yesterday announced the extension of Simeone's continuity on his bench, a technician who always motivates and could take a leap in Villar's career.

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