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One of Spain’s bright young talents is ready to make the jump to one of La Liga’s top dogs…

Real Valladolid’s highly-rated young goalkeeper, Sergio Asenjo, is on the verge of completing his transfer to Atletico Madrid as both clubs enter the final stages of negotiations to resolve the finer details of the deal.

But the 19-year-old, who will turn 20 in four days’ time, is already looking forward to finally playing for one of the Primera Division’s big boys.

“Atletico Madrid are one of the three great clubs in Spain next to Real Madrid and Barcelona and I’m thrilled to be able to play for them,” he told reporters at Barajas Airport after returning from the European U-21 Championship in Sweden.

“Atleti are the only club to have made an offer to sign me. Soon, I will meet with my family and my representatives and hopefully within two weeks, my future will be clarified.”

“Right now, all I want to do is to rest and make my decision.”

Asenjo, one of the bright spots in a disappointing Spanish U-21 side, then spoke about his experience at the Euros.

“Personally, I am feeling really well. I had a great experience, especially in the first two group games [against Germany and England] where I had a lot of work to do,” he said.

“It’s a pity that we couldn’t find our game. We did not play at our highest level.”

As far as negotiations go between Atletico and Valladolid, AS has reported that Los Colchoneros have made a bid of €5.5 million for Asenjo plus a player-swap deal, an offer which the Pucelas have accepted.

The issue now is that neither club can agree on which player(s) will head the other direction. Atleti are considering including Diego Costa and newcomer Leandro Cabrera in the operation, or possibly their own young goalkeeper, David de Gea.

Valladolid, on the other hand, are believed to be interested in Nacho Camacho, but Rojiblancos coach Abel Resino considers the midfielder a crucial part of his squad for next season.

KS Leong, Goal.com

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