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Vrsaljko asks to leave Atletico Madrid in January

Vrsaljko asks to leave Atletico Madrid in January

Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko has asked to leave the club in January, amidst interest from the likes of Arsenal and Napoli.

It was claimed last week that the Madrid based side have told Arsenal and Napoli that Vrsaljko will not be leaving the club in the January transfer window.

However, Marca now report that the defender has asked to leave the club.

Corriere dello Sport reported the news that both the Gunners and the Serie A side are ready to make contact with the Spanish club over a potential deal.

Having arrived in the Spanish capital last season in a £14m deal from Italian club Sassuolo – the Croatian full-back made his presence known, replacing the experienced Spaniard Juanfran at right back.

However, a knee problem saw him end last season on the sidelines and the form of Juanfran has seen him fail to get back into Diego Simeone’s starting eleven, although that is now expected to change given a hamstring problem with Filipe Luis.

Napoli, who are currently leading the Serie A standings believe the defender can be an adequate replacement for the injured Faouzi Ghoulam and they were keen to tie up a deal in the coming weeks.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal are also keen with Arsene Wenger keen to bolster his defensive options.

Vrsaljko spent a season on loan with Italian side Genoa before moving to Sassuolo and then Atleti.