Aston Villa star Matty Cash is still the number one target for Spanish giants Atletico Madrid this summer, according to a respected transfer expert.
The 24-year-old has blossomed into a superb full-back since making the switch from Nottingham Forest to Villa Park in September 2020. He made 28 Premier League starts last season and has already enjoyed the same number of outings this term. His route to the England team seemed blocked by an abundance of young, talented full-backs at Gareth Southgate’s disposal.
But, with a Polish mother, the Slough-born ace qualified to play for Poland and has made two appearances for the White and Reds. With his international future now sorted attention has turned to his club career.
Cash is under contract with the West Midlanders until the summer for 2025. But he has been linked with a move to Atletico for some time.
Diego Simeone has yet to find a suitable replacement for Kieran Trippier. The England man jumped ship to join the Newcastle United revolution in the January transfer window.
And that is when the Argentinian coach was first mentioned in connection with the Villa star. It was reported by The Sun that the former Dagenham & Redbridge loan star is a summer target for Los Colchoneros.
Europe a big draw for Cash
And Spanish outlet Marca made reference to Cash’s plans earlier this week, suggesting the lure of Champions League football may turn his head.
Trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has now had his say on the matter. And the Italian has backed up claims that the right-back is in Atletico’s sights.
“I want to say again about Matty Cash and Atletico Madrid because it was already news in [January],” he said on his Here We Go podcast.
“But I wanted to say again because he’s still top of the list for Atletico Madrid as right-back. And so it’s a serious, serious possibility for Atleti.”
Cash’s exploits with Villa mean Atletico will not be his only suitors should the Villans sanction a summer exit. And that will be good news for Steven Gerrard’s side, with a price tag of between £30m and £40m already mooted.
That may rise even higher if a few more big-name clubs throw their hat into the ring.
Cash improvement obvious under Gerrard
Cash has always been known as a solid defensive full-back but has developed his attacking skills at Villa. And the arrival of Gerrard as manager to replace Dean Smith has helped in that regard.
He has bagged three goals and provided four assists in all competitions this season. A number of reports claim the talented defender is keen on a move to the Spanish capital.
And it may be a match made in heaven with Simeone seemingly eager to get the player on board before the start of next season.