Atletico sign Argentina full-back Molina

05 Aug 2022 | 08:08 | Football

Atletico Madrid have signed versatile Argentine defender Nahuel Molina from Udinese on a five-year contract, the LaLiga club announced on Thursday.

Financial details were not disclosed but local media said he is worth around 20 million euros ($20.29 million).

Primarily right-back, 24-year-old Molina also played as a full-back for Udinese last season, scoring seven goals and providing two assists in Serie A.

“I am very happy for this step in my career, that Atleti has noticed me and having the opportunity to play here is a dream,” he said.

“From my side there will always be responsibility, sacrifice and everything that stands for this club.”

Molina is Atletico’s third signing of the season after winger Samuel Lino and midfielder Axel Witsel. He will strengthen the right-back options for Diego Simeone’s side, who lost Kieran Trippier to Newcastle United in January.

Molina played nearly 70 games in all competitions for Udinese in two seasons after joining Boca Juniors’ youth team.

His impressive performances earned him his Argentina debut in 2021 and he now has 16 caps for the national team, after helping them win the Copa America last year.

Atletico, who finished third last season, start their new campaign with a trip to Getafe on August 15.