Atletico Madrid won the Europa League title quite handsomely by defeating Marseille 3-0.
The Spanish side hosts an entire arsenal of capable players, and more often than not, these talented individuals find themselves wanted by European powerhouses.
One player, in particular, may find himself traveling to Manchester United courtesy of his ace performances in a position that the English giants treasure quite a bit.
With the transfer window about to commence, Jose Mourinho will be eager to make full use of United’s financial power to attain those talents that will complete the squad that delivered numerous sub-par performances this season.
As per Mirror, United are set to make their first summer signing in the form of Sime Vrsaljko. The right-back is a crucial cog in Madrid’s success this season, and is hailed for his strength at the back.
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With Antonio Valencia a veteran, it has been clear for quite a while that a replacement will be signed by the club. Now, the source claims that United will make a bid of £35 million for the Croatian star, and that negotiations are already underway.
The 26-year-old fits the profile of the kind of signings that Mourinho enjoys making. His tall presence, which aids in winning aerial duels, is just an additive to a playing style that focuses on interception and frequent crosses into the box. He can also function occasionally on the left side, which would make him a valuable asset.
Signed by Madrid from Sassuolo for £14.5 million back in 2016, Vrsaljko still has three years left on his deal. The pending duration does give the immense fee some explanation, although the Spanish giants may use their bargaining chip to drive the price upward.
It remains to be seen whether United will succeed in making the signing, but it is nevertheless clear that owing to the World Cup and a shortened window, Mourinho wishes to wrap business up quite early.