Rojiblancos race to expedite passport applications

Club officials are doing all they can to speed up Kun's citizenship

The elusive Spanish passport

El Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Atlético officials are looking for ways to accelerate Kun Agüero’s passport application, a process that began months ago.

Club directors expected the Argentine striker to have his Spanish passport by now, thus freeing up one of the team’s non-EU spots in the squad list. It was with this idea in mind that they exercised the €1m buyback option for Diego Costa, a South American, from Valladolid at the end of last season.

Costa has shown great promise this pre-season, and has earned his manager’s faith since returning from his loan spell with Valladolid. Quique Sánchez Flores has had nothing but good things to say about the Brazilian striker, and would certainly hate to see him go as his plans are to use the 21 year-old striker as the third forward, ahead of Salvio and Ibra.

If Kun manages to get his Spanish passport before the 31 August deadline, then Costa will remain in Madrid. Atleti will wait as long as possible before transferring the young Brazilian forward, as there is no shortage of suitors for his services.

Diego Godín is also in the waiting line for Spanish citizenship, but his application is much further behind. It will be virtually impossible for the Uruguayan centre back to obtain a Spanish passport prior to the close of the registration window.

  • Derek Maaijen

    I’m completely with Quique on this one. I’ve wanted to keep Diego Costa with the team since last summer, and after an impressive season with Valladolid I’m sure he can do a good job for us.

    I do wonder why we haven’t heard of a loan deal for Cabrera yet. Recreativo and Betis were said to be interested, but it’s been quiet so far.