Simeone ‘hopeful’ on Vrsaljko stay

Diego Simeone is still hopeful defender Sime Vrsaljko will remain at Atletico Madrid despite reports of an imminent move to Inter.

The Croatian international has been heavily linked with a move to the Nerazzurri while reports suggested Atleti had already agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven’s Santiago Arias to replace him.

“I hope he can continue with us,” Simeone told reporters on Saturday, as cited by Diario AS.

The 26-year-old has been continually linked with a move to Serie A in recent months, with Napoli having offers rejected in January while Roma are also being linked.

The right-back extended his contract at Los Rojiblancos until June 2022 in February and the club will reportedly not countenance a sale below €25-30m.

The Nerazzurri had Joao Cancelo on loan from Valencia last season, but they couldn’t afford his buyout clause and he has since joined Juventus in a €40m deal.

Vrsaljko, who can also operate on the left side of defence, has previous experience of playing in Italy with Genoa and Sassuolo, before joining Atletico in 2016 for a €16m fee.

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