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Porto confirm Hector Herrera is set to leave amid Atletico Madrid links

By William Eldridge

Published: 17:43, 15 May 2019 | Updated: 16:44, 14 September 2021

Hector Herrera’s time at Porto is almost over after his future was seemingly confirmed by club president Pinto da Costa.

The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season and reports seem to suggest the 29-year-old could move to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid this summer.

Herrera set for Atletico? Five key things to know…

  1. Porto’s president has conceded that Herrera will depart this summer.
  2. It is claimed that Atletico Madrid are strong favourites to sign the Mexican international on a free transfer.
  3. Herrera himself has commented on his future, stating that he needs time to “define his professional future”.
  4. The 29-year-old has asked not to be included in the Mexican Gold Cup squad this summer.
  5. To date, Herrera has made 243 appearances for Porto since signing for them in 2013.

Premier League’s loss is Atletico’s gain

Porto president Pinto da Costa’s revelation that Herrera has a “possibility of winning much more” away from the club, all-but confirms Herrera has intentions to seek opportunities elsewhere.

In an interview with Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Da Costa said: “He was a fantastic professional, he wanted to sign a new contract but realised with his quality he had the possibility to earn much more.

“Perfectly right. We didn’t have the ability to pay.”

The midfielder is reportedly close to signing for Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid who are looking to strengthen their squad following star striker Antoine Griezmann’s admission that he wants to leave the club this summer.

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This is potentially disappointing news for a few Premier League clubs – such as Wolverhampton Wanderers – who have reportedly been tracking the progress of Herrera’s impending decision.

With Wolves qualifying for the Europa League next season, and Herrera’s links with international teammate Raul Jimenez and former Porto, turned Wolves boss, Nuno Espirito Santo, it was perhaps understandable to put the two parties together.

However, it now seems unlikely that a deal with the Midlands club will materialise.