Atlético Madrid and Valencia chase Ángel Correa
San Lorenzo forward Ángel Correa has been in sensational form for the Argentine side, as they won the 2013 Torneo Inicial title and under the watchful eye of Atlético Madrid scouts, the Spanish club appear ready to make their move, but they may face a stiff battle, if Juan Antonio Pizzi takes the Valencia post.
Stellar performances by Ángel Correa this year have attracted a wealth of interest from European clubs. Amongst those monitoring his progress regularly, Atlético Madrid, who have taken a shine to a player. With an electric change of pace, great dribbling and technical skills, as well as a keen eye for goal, he has inevitably been compared to their former star, Kun Agüero, now with Manchester City.
Atlético Madrid have already met with officials from San Lorenzo, according to reports in the Spanish capital, with the Argentine club looking for a fee of around €10 million for the player. That could be a stumbling block and negotiations remain ongoing, but if they’re to see a successful outcome to the move, they may have to step up their efforts.
Recent reports claimed that the representatives of Correa, Agustin Jiménez and Francisco Lapiana, recently travelled to Spain, looking to pave the way for a January move for their client, offering his services to both Valencia and Atlético Madrid. Given that Juan Antonio Pizzi is set to leave his managerial post at San Lorenzo, to take up the vacant post at Valencia, it is believed that he is very keen to bring the talented 18-year-old starlet with him.
In addition, another obstacle for either of the two Spanish clubs is the desire at San Lorenzo to retain the player, at least long enough to compete in their Copa Libertadores campaign, which gets started in February.
Whether either of the two La Liga clubs have the finances available to make such a heavy investment in full, remains to be seen, but not being ruled out at this stage, is either of the clubs seeking third-party investment and buying a 50% or 60% share of his registration rights.