Atletico Madrid move to beat Barcelona for Sporting Gijon defender Alberto Botia

Barcelona will have to act quickly to land Sporting Gijon defender Alberto Botia.

Barcelona will have to act quickly to land Sporting Gijon defender Alberto Botia.

Barca want to re-sign Botia in the summer as cover for veteran centre-back Carles Puyol and still have a buy-back option in the youngster's deal.

However, Atletico Madrid are also keen, where new coach Diego Simeone has received glowing scouting reports on the Spain international.

It's understood Barca's buy-back clause expires at the end of this season.

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