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.

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.

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