Report: Atletico Madrid battling Milan and Arsenal in race for bargain midfielder deal

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan face strong competition in the race to sign Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca in the upcoming summer window, a report claims.

Milan’s plans have essentially done a complete U-turn in the last couple of weeks. For months it seemed that Ralf Rangnick would be arriving as the new head coach and technical director of the Rossoneri, but then it was all-change.

MilanNews reported earlier in the week there are many names that Milan are monitoring with regards to incomings, with Espanyol’s deep-lying playmaker Roca mentioned in particular.

According to what is now being reported by Mundo Deportivo (via MilanNews), Atletico Madrid are also in the running to land the 23-year-old, who will be sold given Espnayol’s relegation to the second division.

The problem, however, is that Atletico cannot afford to spend too much in the summer window, and Milan are named as one of their competitors in the race as well as Villarreal, Sevilla, Arsenal and Milan.

Wednesday’s edition of the newspaper Tuttosport (via MilanNews) reported that Milan have a concrete interest in signing Roca, and the Catalan club have dropped considerably as they know nobody will pay the €40m release clause in Roca’s contract. Instead, at €15-16m the deal can be done.

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