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Kicker Report: Bielefeld seek to land Spanish youth prospect

By Peter Vice

German footballing magazine Kicker reports that Arminia Bielefeld are closing in on their 12th summer signing.

Francisco Montero.
Francisco Montero.

Atletico Madrid defender Francisco Javier Montero Rubio (who goes by the simplified moniker "Francisco Montero") appears headed for his third loan-out in as many seasons. After accruing playing experience at Deportivio La Coruna (2019/20) and Besiktas (2020/21), the S.A.D. are apparently interested in lending him to the Bundesliga.


The 22-year-old--easily recognizable by the protective googles he always sports on the pitch--is still regarded as a promising prospect with an estimated market value of €3.7 million in the latest transfermarkt listings. It should be noted that this is down from a peak of €10 million some two years ago, when the youngster earned his first call-up to the Spanish U21 side.

DSC sporting director Samir Arabi has remained quite active over the summer transfer market. Other young defensive prospects Arabi has brought to East Westphalia to replace the departed Mike van der Hoorn include 24-year-old Portuguese center halve Guilherme Ramos and German fullback Lennart Czyborra.

Germany's preeminent footballing publication confirms Turkish and Spanish media reports about a possible deal.


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