Marseille considering a move for Atletico Madrid full back Santiago Arias

Over the past couple of weeks, there has been intense speculation over the future of Santiago Arias at Atletico Madrid.

The reports in Spain and France suggested that Marseille are considering a move for Atletico Madrid full back Santiago Arias.

The 28-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.

Atletico spent 11 million euros to sign the Colombia international from PSV in the summer of 2018. The 28-year-old has three years left on his current contract which expires in 2023.

The full back has featured in 12 matches for Atletico Madrid this term, providing only one assist in all competitions.

Santiago Arias
Santiago Arias

The 28-year-old is considered to be one of the best full backs in Colombia.

The Atletico Madrid full back has also represented the Colombia at various youth levels before going on to secure 53 senior caps for his country thus far.

The Colombia international is believed to be available for transfer, with André Villas-Boas now keen to bring him to Marseille.

André Villas-Boas is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this summer.

Olympique de Marseille
Olympique de Marseille

The Colombia international will offer the Marseille boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.

According to the report, “Ligue 1 side Marseille are reportedly considering a summer move for Atletico Madrid full back Santiago Arias. The Colombian international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, after making just six La Liga starts this season. England international Kieran Trippier has established himself as first choice right back for Diego Simeone’s side, with Croatian defender Sime Vrsaljko operating as back up. Inter Milan, Napoli, AS Roma and Everton are rumoured to be tracking the 28-year old, but according to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Andre Villas-Boas’ side have now joined the race. Marseille are preparing themselves for a flurry of offers for highly rated pair Bouna Sarr and Hiroki Sakai, and Arias would represent an experienced replacement if either player was to leave. Atletico Madrid are reportedly open to a sale, however, with three years still to run on the former Sporting Lisbon man’s contract, he is currently valued at €15m.”


Good signing for Marseille?

A move to Marseille is exactly what Santiago Arias needs to reignite his career, and we hope he is able to do just that.

The 28-year-old is certainly a player that would strengthen the current Marseille squad and would be a good buy in the summer transfer window.

Marseille fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.

It will be interesting to see if Marseille can beat their rivals to the full back’s signature.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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