Atletico Madrid Fail To Reach Agreement To Sign Mohammed Salisu From Real Valladolid
Atletico Madrid have failed to reach agreement with Real Valladolid to sign Ghana defender, Mohammed Salisu.
Salisu has a release clause of 12 million euros the La Liga side are reluctant to pay the money.
According to reports in Spain, French Ligue 1 side, Rennes are now the favourites for his signature.
Andrea Berta, Atletico's sporting director, tried to include some youth prospects and players who are currently out on loan in the deal, but the players' valuation didn't meet what Valladolid wanted.
The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis has led Valladolid to opt for Rennes' offer and not wait any longer for Atletico.
An injury or a drop in performance could hinder Salisu's departure, which at the moment would be key in helping balance the club's books and even leaving a little leftover.
As such, Valladolid would rather take the 12 million euros cash than look to potentially improve their squad with Atletico's cast-offs.
For a player who is starting out, it is key to sign a contract that will guarantee a good living from football.
That is what Rennes have offered Salisu and what Atletico have doubted, showing more intent than reality when it comes to signing him.
Southampton and Newcastle United have also expressed their interest in signing the centre-back.