Report: Manager could pass on signing £14m Villa player, he wants 32-y/o PL star instead
Diego Simeone is reportedly not sold on an Atletico Madrid move for Matty Cash, with the La Liga boss eager to sign Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta.
According to Marca, the Argentine coach is not convinced about signing the Aston Villa star, with Simeone worried about his lack of top-flight experience with the Premier League club, with Azpilicueta a much more attractive option for the UEFA Champions League manager.
As per the report, Cash has emerged as an option for Atletico ahead of the summer window, with the Madrid-based giants keen to find a long-term replacement for Kieran Trippier in the right-back position.
The Villa star, who joined the club in 2020 from Nottingham Forest for a reported £14m according to Sky Sports News, has been one of the Premier League’s most consistent right-backs since his move from the Championship.
Now a Polish international, Cash is thriving in his second season at Villa under Steven Gerrard, yet despite multiple impressive performances, Simeone isn’t sold on the idea of the 24-year-old, with Azpilicueta the Atletico manager’s ideal signing.
The Chelsea star’s contract expires at the end of this season, and despite being captain for Villa’s Premier League rivals, the 32-year-old is looking unlikely to pen a new deal with the west London giants.
Atletico pivot to Azpilicueta is massive for Villa and Cash
Cash has been one of the Premier League’s most dynamic right-backs since his arrival in Birmingham in 2020, yet whilst the defender is set for big things in the future, Atletico and Simeone’s preference to sign Azpilicueta is huge for Villa.
Indeed, the Villains have a huge shot of doing something special under Gerrard, and Cash will be key to these plans for the English manager, and if Atletico are now leaning towards a move for Azpilicueta, this is a huge weight lifted from Villa’s shoulders.
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