AS reports that Atlético and Málaga are close to finalising a deal for Rojiblanco midfielder Ignacio Camacho.
Officials from both clubs were in contact yesterday as they looked to seal an agreement that would transfer the 20-year-old to the Andalusian side.
Camacho would be available to Manuel Pellegrini by January, and the deal is said to be worth €1.5m. If it materialises, the contract for the Spanish youth international is likely to include a buy-back clause, as is standard with Atleti youth product transfers.
Proceeds from Camacho’s sale could go toward the signing of a much-needed replacement for Simao Sabrosa, possibly Juanfran from Osasuna.
Since his Primera División début in the 2007-08 season, Nacho has gone on to appear in 51 official matches with Atlético, having scored 2 goals.
With the return of Mario Suarez to the squad, Camacho dropped to 5th on the depth chart of an already crowded midfield.
Though we all know that Nacho bleeds red and white and is a die-hard Colchonero, he will be pleased with the opportunity to see significant action after having spent the past two seasons practically unused. If it is confirmed that we will have the option to re-purchase Ignacio from Málaga in the future, this would be a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Another player that is reportedly on the verge of being offloaded in these coming days is central defender Juanito.
In the case of Camacho, the question is, couldn’t we have taken care of this sooner? Perhaps in the summer instead of wasting another half of a season of precious development time for a once highly rated player?
UPDATE: The deal for Camacho, according to El Mundo Deportivo, is reportedly worth roughly €2m and could be officially announced Sunday. The contract will include a buy-back option and Camacho will sign for three and a half years.
Juanito and Asenjo are also on the way out. The defender could go to either Levante or Hércules, who have both shown interest, while the goalkeeper looks set to join Camacho at Málaga, though there are other clubs interested.