Liverpool flop Iago Aspas reveals Atletico Madrid tried to sign him as Antoine Griezmann’s replacement in 2019 before splashing out £113m to land teenage sensation Joao Felix
Griezmann left Atletico in the summer of 2019 for £108million after drawn out negotiations with Barcelona.
Diego Simeone’s side needed to fill an enormous hole in their attack and decided to re-invest that money on a staggering £113m deal for Benfica starlet Joao Felix.
Iago Aspas has revealed that Atletico Madrid wanted him to replace Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann left Atletico for Barcelona in 2019 for £108million after drawn out negotiations
But Aspas, now back at boyhood club Celta Vigo after struggling at Anfield, has revealed that he was Atletico’s first choice to replace Griezmann.
Speaking to Cadena SER’s Carrusel Deportivo, via Marca, Aspas said: ‘Did Atletico’s interest get to me? Yes, it got to me.
‘I knew there was something because my brother and my agent told me about it, but it didn’t come to anything in the end.
‘I’m very happy at home.
‘I have a very good relationship with Andrea Berta (Atletico’s sporting director).
‘I’ve talked to him about football for some time and I have his phone number.’
Diego Simeone’s side decided to re-invest that money on a £113m deal for starlet Joao Felix
Aspas spent two years at Liverpool, although the second year was spent on loan back in Spain
Aspas came through the youth ranks at Celta before winning a move to Liverpool in the summer of 2013.
But he struggled to dislodge either Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in Brendan Rodgers’ team as they challenged Manchester City for the Premier League title.
He spent two years at Liverpool, although the second year was spent on loan back in Spain with Sevilla, scoring one goal in 15 appearances.