Atletico Madrid rival Barcelona for Alberto Moleiro
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are set to face each other in the race to sign 17-year-old Spanish prodigy Alberto Moleiro.
According to a report from Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are not the only club wanting to sign Alberto Moleiro. Atletico Madrid are also keen to land the 17-year-old prodigy from UD Las Palmas, who is looking to recoup € 30million in exchange for his services.
Alberto Moleiro is one of Spain’s brightest prospects at the moment, having broken into the UD Las Palmas first-team setup at the start of the current season. The only 17-year-old prodigy is also part of the country’s Under-19 squad, with his stock increasing with each game.
The 17-year-old has already made 15 appearances in all competitions for Las Palmas this quarter, amassing a goal and an assist in the process, which again shows the talents he has. Moleiro’s progress hasn’t gone unnoticed either, with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid being his potential suitors.
Barcelona’s interest is understandable, given that they are always on the lookout for the most promising young players from Spain, Europe and around the world. Such a prospect has earned them current first-team stars like Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo and Pedri, who have coincidentally joined Barcelona from UD Las Palmas.
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More recently, Barcelona made a deal to sign Turkish prodigy Emre Demir, and Moleiro is the kind of player who could immediately fit into the first-team setup, much like Pedri. On the other hand, Atletico Madrid would need an injection of young people in their first team, especially in the midfield.
While Los Rojiblancos signed Rodrigo De Paul this summer, doubts hang over the future of Saul Niguez and Hector Herrera. At the same time, Marcos Llorente has experienced a drop in level this season. We therefore understand why Atletico Madrid could be interested in Moleiro.
However, signing the 17-year-old will cost € 30million, with his release clause set to be trebled at the end of the year. In the midst of such a development, it remains to be seen whether the change in his assessment forces Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to end their interest or if they still wish to remove him from UD Las Palmas.