Reports coming out of Spain and Holland report that Zakaria Bakkali will be the next new face at the Vicente Calderon.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claim that Atlético Madrid have a had a bid in the region of €3 million accepted by PSV Eindhoven for the 18-year-old.
The Dutch clubs director, Marcel Brands, revealed that both clubs have reached an agreement but ‘Bakkali is yet to agree personal terms with Atlético’.
Zakaria Bakkali may not be well known to many but he is one of the best young talents in Europe. The Belgium born Moroccan started off his career at Standard Liege and was scouted and brought to the PSV academy at the age of 12.
After impressing at every level he finally broke through to the first team last year. Bakkali became the youngest ever player to score a hat trick in the Eredivise after netting three times against NEC Nijmegen.
It has been widely reported that Bakkali had a falling out with the higher ups at PSV and is the major reason why the club is allowing the starlet to leave.
The PSV director added ‘He started very well with us, but then had a setback. He made some wrong decisions, but I hope he makes the right one now’.
With the signing of Griezmann it is highly unlikely that Bakkali will be getting regular first team football as he is a winger and it is probable that he will be loaned out to a fellow La Liga club so that he can get accustomed to the playing and living style of Spain.
The arrival of Bakkali would be another positive signing and shows that Atleti have an eye on the future.