David Ospina y Alfonso Espino. Two similar surnames that could very soon become familiar to Atlético de Madrid fans because Both the Colombian goalkeeper and the Uruguayan winger are within the club’s orbit for next season. Ospina arrives with the letter of freedom while Espino will have to pay a small transfer, since his contract ends in June 2023.
We are not talking about headlines, at least on paperbut of players with a contained cost that can serve to complete the squad and thus adapt to a salary limit that Atlético has exceeded, and that will force him to make many sacrifices this summer.
Alfonso Espino, a 30-year-old Uruguayan winger who has had a great season at Cádiz and stands out for his race, fits like a glove in Simeone’s philosophy. He would occupy the position that the Brazilian Lodi will vacate as soon as his transfer is completed. Atlético also looked at the Colombian from Elche, Johan Mojica, but his club is asking for 5.5 millionan unaffordable amount for the rojiblancos, who would pay much less for Espino, to the point that the operation could be made even cheaper by including players that Cádiz may be interested in. The Uruguayan has played 37 league games this season, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists. From the outset it seems like a very good market opportunity.
Something similar happens with David Ospina, a highly contrasted goalkeeper, with no less than 124 appearances with Colombia and who has played in Europe in teams like Nice, Arsenal or now Naples, with whom the contract ends on June 30. The Medellin goalkeeper, who will turn 34 in August, It would give Oblak much more competition than he has received this past season from Frenchman Lecomte., who has not played a single minute. Ospina seems interested in trying his luck in the Spanish league, although he is aware that initially his role would be that of a substitute.
Atlético is obliged to carry out several low-cost options and these areespecially Espino’s, since Ospina’s salary would be higher, but it compensates the club to have a substitute for cloud that can be up to the task in case of injury to the Slovenian, which by the way still not renewed and whose contract ends in June 2023.
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