Atletico Madrid boost in pursuit of Valladolid defender Salisu

Atletico de Madrid have received a boost in their pursuit of Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu after a bid from Rennes fell short of his value.

Mundo Deportivo cites French broadcaster RMC Sport as reporting that Rennes bid €8m for the defender, €4m short of his release clause.

Marca reported in April that Atleti were favourites for Salisu this summer while a report in Diario de Valladolid from November claimed the defender had emerged as a transfer target for English giants Manchester United.

The player’s agent is the father of United playmaker Juan Mata and the Red Devils have been alerted to his €12m release clause – viewed as affordable, and the club have extensively scouted the 20-year-old.

The central defender’s contract at Valladolid runs through until 2022 having been penned back in May, while he is yet to be capped for the Ghanaian national team.

He is viewed as a rising star by the club but is also seen as still having a great deal of room for improvement, so is likely to stay at the Primera outfit until the end of the current campaign, at least.

Valladolid are concerned the player will depart for his release clause as they see his value as being far in excess of this amount, with the report adding his skillset is ‘tailored for English football’.

Everton, Newcastle and Norwich City are three other English clubs who have been linked to Salisu, who debuted for Valladolid this season after replacing Fernando Calero, who was sold to Espanyol last summer.

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