After recent reports in Spain that Javier Aguirre considered Martin Petrov to be a key member of his squad, it is now claimed that the Bulgarian is very likely to be sold. The winger has been identified as the player who will be sacrificed in order to finance Atletico Madrid’s continued spending.
Madrid sports daily AS is reporting that Petrov's performance in the Teresa Herrera tournament was enough to convince Aguirre that he can afford to sell the player. The paper claims that Petrov has failed to convince the new Atletico coach during preseason and that the game against Milan was the player’s last chance to prove his worth. AS is claiming that ,following the match, Aguirre asked the club to do all that it can to sign Delporte from Osasuna as a replacement for the left wing.
There had been mounting speculation over Petrov's future in Madrid after a disappointing first season at the Vicente Calderon. The player was signed by Atletico from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2005 for 12 million euros.
Delporte is reported to be very keen on a move to Atletico but Osasuna are unwilling to let the player leave for less than 5 million euros (plus a player). Atletico’s initial valuation of 3.5 million for the player is unlikely to be their final offer.
AS is claiming that the club are happy to sell Petrov in order to bring in some much needed revenue following the club’s recent transfer spree. The club are said to be close to signing Maniche and the money for Petrov will help finance the proposed deal. Aguirre is confident that, with the possible inclusion of Delporte, the club has adequate cover for the left side of midfield with Antonio Lopez, Jurado and Mista all providing the Mexican with viable alternatives.