Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan appears to be on his way back to Madrid. Having come through the system with Real Madrid, reports in Spain are claiming that he will now play for cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid.
The 31 year old has been one of Real Betis’ best players over the last few years. Adan played a big role in Real Betis’ successful first season under Quique Setien last year as they successfully navigated their way into automatic Europa League football for next season.
Since joining the Adalucian club from Cagliari, Adan has made it clear that one of his goals with the club was to play in Europe. Now however – even though this is a distinct possibility – it seems he will be moving clubs.
It was expected Adan would be joining Sporting Portugal this summer after a €3 million fee was agreed between the two clubs. Rui Patricio was expected to be moving in the opposite direction, but has moved to England with Championship winners and free spending Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adan’s move to Portugal in the meantime, broke down on the eleventh hour.
With this move breaking down, Adan has not been short of options. Getafe are believed to have seen their offer of €1.5 million rejected by Los Verdiblancos. Barcelona were also mooted with interested in the Spaniard with question marks over Dutchman Jasper Cillessen’s future at the club.
According to MARCA, Atletico have seen their €1 million offer accepted – €500,000 less than the rejected offer by Getafe. The Europa League champions are also in need of back up for their goalkeeper Jan Oblak following Miguel Angel Moya’s move to Real Sociedad in January.
Adan’s contract with Real Betis was due to expire at the end of the 2018/19 season, which gives reason to the low price involved. The 31 year old was also wanting a ‘new challenge’. He will certainly be getting a challenge at Atletico Madrid with one of the world’s best goalkeepers in Jan Oblak ahead of him in the pecking order.