Aston Villa star Matty Cash wanted in £40m Atletico Madrid transfer to replace Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier long-term

ASTON VILLA star Matty Cash is "still top of the list" for Atletico Madrid, reports suggest.

SunSport revealed in January that Cash held talks with Atletico over a potential permanent transfer this summer as the Spanish champions are looking for a full-back to replace Kieran Trippier.

The right-back is among Atleti's top targets and are willing to splash a fee in the region of £30-£40million in the summer.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed our story as he issued an update saying that the Poland international is still a priority for the Madrid giants.

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Romano said on his Here We Go podcast: "I want to say again about Matty Cash and Atletico Madrid because it was already news in [January].

"But I wanted to say again because he’s still top of the list for Atletico Madrid as right-back.

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"And so it’s a serious, serious possibility for Atleti."

SunSport understand Atletico may be set for a bidding war at the end of the season as other clubs are also interested in Cash.

But the 24-year-old is keen on a move to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium at the end of the season, which appears to be likely.

But it seems like Diego Simeone's side will wait until June to put the wheels in motion.