Reports have emerged in the Spanish press this evening that defender Álvaro Domínguez will join Borussia Mönchengladbach on a five-year contract by the end of the week.
UPDATE: Both Atlético and Borussia Mönchengladbach have confirmed that an agreement has been reached for Domínguez as originally reported. The Atleti youth product arrived in Germany this morning to put pen to paper, and sent a picture of his new colours from his Twitter account, along with the following message to the Rojiblanco faithful:
“I want to thank you all for the affection you have always had for me! It has been very nice to play for you and for this club! Thank you. Forza Atleti.”
It’s no secret that Atlético have been looking to sell one of our centre-backs to help balance the books and keep our stars, and with Simeone keen on keeping the team that started the Europa League final in Bucharest together, it now looks as if Domínguez will be the one following Antonio López and Luis Perea out the door.
Earlier this week we heard that our vice-captain was open to a transfer in order to play regular football ahead of the 2014 World Cup, and he should be given that at the Bundesliga side.
Gladbach have themselves recently sold Brazilian centre-back Dante to Bayern Munich, using the money from the transfers of he and Dortmund-bound Marco Reus to sign Domínguez as a replacement.
Lucien Favre’s side will also be in the qualifying round for next season’s Champions League in August, and are scheduled to start pre-season training next Monday with their new face on board.
For Atlético, it’s unclear whether we will settle with Godín, Miranda, Pulido and new signing Cata Díaz, or bring in a new face to add depth to what had been an improving backline.
Sporting Gijón’s Alberto Botía was seen at our training complex a month ago, but there have been no public developments since then.
Along with Domínguez, Argentine winger Eduardo Salvio could also be sold in order to fund an unlikely permanent move for Diego, with more players certain to depart before the end of the transfer window.
Do you think the club has made the right decision in selling Domínguez? Is there any way we can move forward with this strategy?