Atlético to battle PL sides for Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu

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Blaise Bourgeois

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Mohammed Salisu has been incredibly impressive in LaLiga with Real Valladolid this season and, at just 21 years old, his potential is off the charts.

Unfortunately for Valladolid owner Ronaldo, Salisu has a meagre release clause of just €12m, which makes it unlikely that he will stay beyond this season.

According to ESPN, Atlético Madrid is a very interested party, along with fellow LaLiga side Valencia.

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In addition, five Premier League sides are reportedly keen on the Ghanaian, including Manchester United. Three of the five Premier League sides are said to have ‘serious interest’.

Manchester United could receive a boost in their pursuit of Salisu as he is represented by Juan Mata’s father, Juan Mata Sr.

“Salisu has been a sensation in La Liga this year,” Juan Mata Sr. told VIP Deportivo this week.

“Playing as a centre-back at that level isn’t easy. I think this could be his window because there has been interest from many clubs, and he deserves it.”

The coronavirus pandemic hitting Atlético Madrid hard could even make it difficult for the side to come up with the full transfer fee without offering academy players in return.

ESPN claim that Atlético would even be willing to allow Salisu to return to Valladolid next season on loan as part of a deal.