Barcelona have reportedly been joined by Atletico Madrid and Manchester City in the race to sign Vitolo from Sevilla in the summer
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo have reported that Barcelona have Atletico Madrid and Manchester City for company in pursuit of Vitolo, with all three clubs expressing their interest in signing the Spanish attacker from Sevilla in the summer transfer window.
Vitolo’s career has taken off ever since he secured a move to Sevilla from boyhood club Las Palmas in 2013. Four years into the switch to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, the 27-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers in La Liga, and has also become a regular fixture in the Spain national side.
And while he may not be a prolific forward – with just four goals and eight assists to show for his efforts in 41 appearances across all competitions – he still provides one of the most menacing presences in the final third with his marauding runs and dribbling abilities.
With the Spain international being so consistent with his performances, he is starting to attract interest from some of the biggest clubs across Europe. In fact, the likes of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City are all vying for his signature and are ready to make a move for him in the summer.
At Barcelona, Vitolo features prominently in the list of transfer targets for the summer, with the Catalan club eyeing the Spaniard as a reinforcement for the right side of attack. With rumours being rife that Lionel Messi could move to a central role next season, a position as a regular on the right flank could be up for grabs.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid could be in a soup in the summer, with Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco heavily linked with some big clubs in the continent. Should either (or both) players leave Los Rojiblancos in the summer, Diego Simeone would be in need to sign top quality replacements, with Vitolo presenting himself as a viable option.
At Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane to man the two flanks in his side but he has little to choose from beyond the young duo, with Nolito blowing hot and cold throughout the season and Jesus Navas being used as a right-back instead.
With the Citizens keen to mount sustaining challenges for the Premier League and Champions League titles, Guardiola will need at least one top quality attacker to boost his options for the final third.
Meanwhile, Vitolo, himself, has confessed his desire to make a dream move to Barcelona, meaning that the Blaugranas could hold the edge over Atletico and City if all three clubs lodge an official bid. Sevilla, though, will not entertain any offers under €40 million, which is his release clause.
It now remains to be seen if any of these clubs make their interest in Vitolo concrete with official offers.
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