Asenjo set for Atlético switch

Spain Under-21 goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo has joined Club Atlético de Madrid from Real Valladolid CF, helping fill the void left by the departure of experienced pair Leo Franco and Grégory Coupet.

Sergio Asenjo in action for the U21s last month
Sergio Asenjo in action for the U21s last month ©Sportsfile

Spain Under-21 goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo is set to finalise his much-publicised move to Club Atlético de Madrid from Real Valladolid CF, filling the void left by the departure of experienced duo Leo Franco and Grégory Coupet.

Precocious talent
Subject to a medical Asenjo will sign a four-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee thought to be in the region of €5m, with Brazilian striker Diego Costa providing a makeweight as he heads in the opposite direction on a 12-month loan. The 20-year-old will harbour much expectation at the Vicente Calderón, especially in light of the departure of Franco and Coupet to Galatasaray AŞ and Paris Saint-Germain FC, respectively. Asenjo is a precocious talent, however. He made his Valladolid debut at 18, was a member of Spain's 2007 UEFA European U19 Championship-winning side and was one of few pluses in the country's disappointing UEFA European U21 Championship performance this summer.

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