14 July 2016

Borja Baston enters crucial transfer window

Severe injury could put move in doubt

My piece for MARCA

An injury for Borja Baston during Atletico training may well have an impact on the timetable of his mooted exit from the club.

The striker had been training apart from the main squad as pre-season ratchets up for the beaten Champions League finalists, however the player endured a fracture on his lower arm during a freak accident which will require surgery. The striker was hit by a rubber band which also caused extensive bleeding.

Baston, who hit 18 goals for Eibar last term having struck on 23 occasions the previous season at Real Zaragoza, is being tracked by many clubs right across Europe.

Atletico are hoping to raise some €15 million from his sale and while Valencia, Sevilla and Malaga domestically may have difficulty matching that fee there is also interest from the buoyant English market.

Baston, who has been at the club since he was just four years of age, is entering the final year of his contract and interest has also been registered in his service from Russia and Germany.

But it is England, flush with money from a fresh television rights deal, that remains his most likely destination unless the full extent of his injury and the recuperation time reveal a serious injury.


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