The Argentinian left Benfica for Atleti in 2016 amidst interest from Old Trafford but has failed to fold down a regular place in Diego Simeone’s side, and has managed just 12 appearances in all competitions this season.
But it now appears as though the 29-year-old will finally make the move to the Premier League with his agent Jose Iribarren admitting his client “can’t continue in these conditions”.
“I can tell you English clubs are interested,” Iribarren told Foot Mercato.
“Yes, he'll undoubtedly leave Atletico in January. He has a lot of concrete offers. Nicolas was an important player when he played in Argentina, at Benfica, and with the national team.
“He can't continue in these conditions. If he can't play a string of matches, nor win the coach's trust... A player wants to play. We're going to see with Atletico which solution we can find.'
“We hope to find a club where the player will be happy and will play regularly, Nicolas isn't a player who's happy to play 15 minutes per match. He wants to play every game.”
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