There were some scares in the second half of the season, but overall Atlético had a fairly quiet La Liga season. Far superior to Barcelona and Madrid neighbors, Diego Simeone’s men were strong collectively … But also individually. Needless to mention Luis Suarez, who piled the goals in front. But the Uruguayan was accompanied by some players who were just as important if not more in this coronation, such as Koke, boss in the middle, Marcos Llorente who is no longer introduced, Jan Oblak and even Stefan Savic, who signed his best season in the colchonera tunic in the rear.
But next season, the situation looks different. In La Liga, we can imagine a well reinforced FC Barcelona, thanks in particular to the transfer window, but also the progress of young players and a new offseason during which Ronald Koeman will be able to introduce new things. The same goes for Real Madrid, which risks being boosted by the return of Carlo Ancelotti. Not to mention Europe, where we will have to do better than this season and this elimination without pain or glory in the quarterfinals against Chelsea. The Colchoneros will therefore not be able to rest on their laurels this summer, in a very difficult financial context. But Andrea Berta, Miguel Angel Gil Marin and company have already started working on the transfer window.
A galactic for Diego Simeone
In terms of arrivals, three positions should be reinforced as a priority. The club wants to enlist a left side, a midfielder and a forward striker. For the left flank of the defense, many names are mentioned, even if everything will logically depend on the future of Renan Lodi. The Getafe player Marc Cucurella, present in the parallel bubble of the Spanish selection, in any case very much to the Rojiblancos according to various Spanish publications. José Luis Gaya, who is in Luis Enrique’s group, has also caught the eye of Madrid for years now, but would be a slightly more expensive track. In the middle, it’s already almost complete: Rodrigo de Paul should be the nice gift offered to his compatriot Diego Simeone. Atlético de Madrid is preparing to spend 40 million euros for Argentina’s international Udinese.
The name of Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) had also been mentioned, but it does not seem realistic to date. The same goes for his teammate Aymeric Laporte for central defense. For the attack, the name of Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina) comes up very regularly in the local media, as do those of Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Rafa Mir (Wolves), André Silva (Frankfurt), Arkadiusz Milik (OM) and Gerard Moreno (Villarreal). It should also not be forgotten that the Madrid team have already done some of their homework a long time ago and are in the process of enlisting the nugget Matías Arezo, who will arrive from River Plate (Uruguay), but who should not a priori not be part of the first team this season. It remains to be seen how the arrival of Marcos Paulo, the 20-year-old Fluminense striker who will also land in the coming weeks, will be handled. One thing is certain, if these two players meet expectations, Atlético can rub their hands.
A symbolic departure
But for all these beautiful people to arrive, we will have to sell. And a departure could hurt the hearts of many Colchoneros: that of Saúl Ñíguez. The Spanish midfielder trained at the club seems at the end of the cycle in the team, and comes out of a rather poor season. If Diego Simeone has always trusted him, rumors about a big sale are rife, especially since he is one of the most bankable players in the team while being easily dispensable in view of his performances these months, while a departure to the Premier League is often mentioned. But losing a child in the house would surely hurt a lot of supporters …
As for Moussa Dembélé (OL) and Lucas Torreira (Arsenal), their stay will obviously not be extended and they will return home after loans not really conclusive. Alvaro Morata is loaned to Juventus for an additional season, which has added 10 million euros to the club. Other players like Vitolo, with a substantial salary and an anecdotal contribution, should also be pushed towards the exit to offer leeway in the transfer window to red and white decision-makers. Clubs will also go on the attack for Kieran Trippier and José Maria Giménez according to the media, but given their importance in the scheme of Cholo, only pharaminous offers will keep them away from Wanda Metropolitano. With an unchanged backbone and some new quality additions, Atlético has great ambitions for the coming season!