Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran Wanted by Nashville SC

Juanfran celebrates a goalAtletico de Madrid v Juventus, UEFA Champions League match, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain - 20 Feb 2019. Photo by Belen Diaz/DYDPPA/Shutterstock (10113256am)

Nashville SC is working hard on assembling a strong roster for their inaugural MLS season in 2019. After already acquiring a number of quality players, Nashville decided to go after an established European star and will reportedly pursue Atletico Madrid’s right back Juanfran.

ESPN reports that Nashville reached out to Juanfran, whose deal with Atletico expires in July, and that they would like to lure him to MLS. This might prove to be a tough task, however, as the 34-year-old former Spanish international also attracted interest from several high-profile Brazilian clubs including Corinthians and Sao Paulo.

“It’s true that Corinthians and Sao Paulo have sounded him out and they are both very interested in him,” – source close to Juanfran told ESPN.

Juanfran reportedly wants to continue his career “in a competitive championship,” and is willing to explore all options. He doesn’t rule out staying in Europe if he gets a satisfying offer.

Juanfran started his professional career with Real Madrid, but played only six games for the first team before embarking on stints with Espanyol and Osasuna. After 148 games with Osasuna, in which he scored 12 goals, he made a switch to Atletico.

His career highlights include Copa del Rey trophy with Espanyol and La Liga title with Atletico.