Atlético Madrid transfer rumours – January 2012

The latest on Atlético's possible signings

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Spanish football clubs open their stores and get creative with their bank accounts as the January transfer window has opened.

Teams can use the entire month to sign and register new players for the second half of the season.

With Atlético looking more and more like a trading post, it seems inevitable that there will be players coming and going this winter.

Day-by-day we’ll keep you up to date on the latest juicy transfer rumours.

30 January 2012: Reports in the Spanish media suggest Atlético third-string goalkeeper Joel could be joining Rojiblanco buddies Diego Costa and Jorge Pulido at Rayo Vallecano, with a move deemed “imminent” pending coach Diego Simeone’s approval of the loan deal.

According to MARCA, Joel may get an opportunity to play right away because of an injury sustained by Rayo ‘keeper Dani against Athletic on Saturday which could keep him out for over a month.

28 January 2012: According to AS, there’s a chance Eduardo Salvio may end up at Benfica again. The Spanish paper cites a report by Portuguese publication Record, which claims Atleti would only be willing to sell the player outright, as opposed to loaning him out again.

The former Lanus man is said to be the Primeira Liga outfit’s second choice reinforcement for the current transfer window, with Guinea-Bissauan-born Portuguese footballer Yannick being the first option to bolster their second half attack.

Salvio spent the entirety of last season at the Estádio da Luz, where he impressed and quickly became a fan favourite. The club wanted to hold onto him over the summer, but his purchase option of €15 million was deemed too high and was eventually declined by Benfica.

The fact that Jorge Mendes represents the Argentine may facilitate a deal. Earlier in the month, the 21-year-old admitted his desire to one day suit up for the Águias again.

24 January 2012: AS journalist Jorge García reports Atlético coach Diego Simeone and sporting director José Luis Caminero will not be involved in any sort of swapping this winter transfer window.

All joking aside, the reporter claims Simeone and Caminero feel comfortable enough with the squad as it stands and will not bring in any reinforcements.

However, Jorge Pulido could follow Diego Costa across town to Vallecas, as a loan deal with Rayo for the young central defender is said to be in the works. Segunda División side Celta Vigo have also expressed interest in the Rojiblanco youth product.

Should Pulido take off, Atlético’s defence will be well-covered as Colombian centre back Luis Perea will no longer operate as a back-up to Sílvio on the defensive right flank.

‘El Cholo’ is said to be pleased with Juanfran’s performance in that role, though Sílvio is expected to re-claim his place in the starting XI as soon as he is match ready.

Perea will primarily be used as a back-up central defender for the remainder of the 2011/12 campaign.

23 January 2012: According to Sky Sports, Atlético midfielder Tiago is attracting interest from “several” Premier League outfits.

The 30-year-old spent the 2004/05 season in England where, a regular fixture on José Mourinho’s Chelsea, he won the Premier League title before moving on to Lyon the following year.

MARCA reports the former Portugal international would be open to a move back to Great Britain, but we at AtléticoFans feel his new role under Simeone may entice him to stick around a little longer.

19 January 2012: It seems increasingly unlikely that Atlético will sign anyone at all during the current transfer window. All of Thursday’s rumours are regarding Atlético’s transfer plans in the summer, when there could be a big overhaul in the centre of defence.

El Mundo Deportivo reports that the futures of Miranda, Diego Godín and Luis Perea are uncertain. The latter is already free to talk to other clubs since his contract will expire in the summer. Sources close to the Colombian defender confirm that a La Liga club – possibly Getafe – has enquired about him.

As it stands only youth products Álvaro Domínguez and Jorge Pulido are certain of a longer stay with the Rojiblancos, although the latter still struggles to get into the team.

Apparently Sporting Gijón defender Alberto Botía has once again been identified as a possible reinforcement for our back line. Remember though, that Barcelona hold the option to sign Botía, who is Domínguez’s partner for Spain U21, so we’ll most likely have to negotiate with the Catalans if we are to sign the highly rated centre back.

Speaking of highly rated youngsters, Manchester United are said to be after one of Atleti’s finest canteranos, Javier Manquillo.

The 17-year-old right back debuted with the first team and has caught the eye of the English giants. We’ll be careful not to lose more youth players, because United, Arsenal and Liverpool are also said to be keeping a close eye on David Gil (goalkeeper), Óliver Torres, Dani Márquez (both midfielders) and striker Ivan Calero.

The five players are all part of Atlético’s invincible Juvenil División de Honor team, who are unbeaten this season.

Earlier this week José Collado left the club and joined Spanish side Guadalajara. The striker was on loan since the start of last season and finished the campaign as Atlético B’s joint top scorer. This campaign Milinko Pantic preferred Pedro and Gerard. The coach lost another player, as Carlitos returned to CD Toledo on a loan deal.

17 January 2012: The early rumour on Tuesday is a follow up to last week’s reports in the Spanish media regarding Borja Valero.

According to AS, the Villarreal midfielder is now “pressuring to sign for Atlético.”

If the claims that the Spanish international is indeed hell-bent on joining our squad have any basis in fact, it would be refreshingly welcome news, as we’ve become accustomed to our players desperately wanting to jump ship; such as the case of José Antonio Reyes, who forfeited close to €2 million to move back home to Sevilla.

Though the Madrid-based paper’s report suggests a Valero transfer is highly unlikely to occur over this winter transfer market, the possibility of his signing this month has not been ruled out.

Two major barriers are cited as reasons why a deal is improbable. First of all, the floundering Yellow Submarine can ill-afford to cut their top playmaker loose as they fight to avoid relegation.

Secondly, the 27-year-old’s release clause is €50 million.

However, an unnamed Atlético front office source told AS that club president Enrique Cerezo, who is purportedly deeply enamored of the Madrid-born footballer, will “by all means try to see him suit up in red and white”.

13 January 2012: Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero is once again being linked with a possible move to Atlético.

SportYou reports Atleti officials have contacted el Submarino’s front office to inquire about the gifted playmaker.

It is said Valero would be pleased with a move to the Vicente Calderón, a long-time rumoured destination for the 27-year-old.

Asturian radio station RPA claims los Rojiblancos are negotiating a deal for highly-rated Sporting Gijón centre back Alberto Botía.

It had been reported back in November that Barcelona had decided they would exercise their €2.5 million buy-back option to bring the La Masia product back to Catalonia in the summer.

Atleti are reportedly in talks with Doyen Group and Sporting however, who co-own the rights to the Spanish youth international. If an agreement is reached and Barça refuse to re-sign Botía, the player wouldn’t be expected to join the ranks of los Colchoneros until the summer.

Diego Costa’s imminent loan move to Rayo is being held up because Atlético are reportedly interested in signing winger Lass and left back José Manuel Casado immediately for €7 million.

It had previously been reported that Atleti were only interested in securing preferential options to purchase those two players in the summer.

12 January 2012: Werder Bremen sporting director Klaus Allofs told German paper Bild his club was keen on bringing Diego back to Germany and would be looking into a possible deal with Wolfsburg.

Diego, however, assured that Atlético is his “present and future”.

11 January 2012: AS reports on Wednesday that Rayo Vallecano coach José Ramón Sandoval has contacted Diego Costa to find out if the Brazilian striker would be interested in a cross-town move.

Costa is reportedly in favour of a temporary stay in Vallecas, and Atleti would be open to loaning out the 23-year-old but would like to include a preferential option in the deal to sign two of Rayo’s promising young talents this summer: left back José Manuel Casado as a replacement for Antonio López, whose contract expires in the summer, and 19-year-old winger Lass.

10 January 2012: Tuesday’s biggest rumour revolved around Atlético defender Miranda. Spanish news website El Confidencial reports the 27-year-old is in talks with Brazilian outfit Internacional de Porto Alegre.

The centre back is apparently displeased with his situation at Atleti, where after a free move to Madrid over the summer, he has failed to nail down a place in our starting XI.

Though Miranda is slated to start on Sunday against Villarreal, it isn’t because he has convinced new coach Simeone. Rather, the Argentine tactician, who rolled out Alvaro Domínguez and Diego Godín against Málaga, has no other choice as Domínguez and Perea will both be serving one-match suspensions.

The former São Paulo man’s exit would free up one of our non-EU spots.

El Confidencial claims los Rojiblancos’ top priority at the moment is to bring in a centre midfielder, but suggests no signings will be made unless someone is sold.

9 January 2012: Reports in Argentina claim another former Real Madrid midfielder, Fernando Gago, on loan at AS Roma from los Blancos with a €7 million purchase option, is on countryman Diego Simeone’s wish list.

Argentine paper Olé reports Roma officials are still deliberating whether or not to exercise their option to keep the defensive midfielder in Rome permanently.

If the Italian outfit is unwilling to shell out the €7 million for Gago, who joined the club on a temporary stay back in August 2011, it is rumoured Atleti would take a stab at negotiating a deal for the four-and-a-half-year Real veteran.

7 January 2012: One more name to add to the increasingly long list of centre midfielders that are linked to Atleti: Derek Boateng.

The Ghanian plays in Ukraine but could return to Madrid, where he played for Getafe from 2009 until 2011.

6 January 2012: Today’s rumours are difficult to get excited about, but don’t let them spoil your weekend!

Former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has been linked to Atlético. The 30-year old is currently a free agent, after leaving AS Monaco in the summer.

Reyes has gone and Atleti run the risk of losing another right winger. Benfica are said to be keen on bringing Eduardo Salvio back to Lisbon, where he spent the 2010/11 season on loan.

Benfica want to take Toto on a 6-month deal, but it’s doubtful Atleti will be willing to let another forward go without signing a replacement first.

5 January 2012: With José Antonio Reyes’ transfer now official, newspapers in Spain have started linking us to potential replacements. One of the names mentioned is that of Málaga playmaker Diego Buonanotte.

Buonanotte joined our upcoming rivals last summer, but has only made five appearances as a substitute so far.

Another midfielder thrown into the mix is Torino midfielder Gaby Mudingayi.

Do you remember Diego Costa? The 23-year old is in the final stages of his recovery, but won’t be wearing the red and white this season.

With Falcao, Miranda and Salvio all three non-EU spots are taken, which means the Brazilian striker will have to find a new accommodation if he wants to return to the pitch this campaign.

1 January 2012: The man of the moment is José Antonio Reyes, who has openly admitted his desire to leave Atlético.

Atlético wants to sell, Sevilla wants to buy, Reyes wants to go and Simeone only wants players who are committed, so there seems to be little in the way on the road back to Andalusia.

Reportedly the transfer still hasn’t been completed because Atleti want his new club to pay Reyes the wages he is owed, similar to Forlán’s signing for Inter in the summer.

José Sosa was one of the first names mentioned when Diego Simeone was announced as new Atlético coach.

The Argentine playmaker helped “Cholo” to the league title when they were both at Independiente. Sosa now plays at Metalist Kharkiv, but is said to be keen on reuniting with his old coach.

Atlético youngsters Joel, Koke and Jorge Pulido haven’t featured quite as often as they would have hoped this season, and a temporary move away from the Vicente Calderón might be on the cards.

Neighbours Rayo Vallecano and Getafe are said to be keen on loaning Cantera duo Koke and Pulido.

In Scotland papers link us to Rangers star Nikica Jelavic, a tall 26-year striker.

Although it’s highly unlikely that they’ll leave during the campaign, it is interesting to note that Antonio López and Luis Perea are free to negotiate a contract with any team.

The captains both have deals expiring at the end of the season and could decide to leave on a Bosman, but we hope they will be handed a contract extension by the club soon.

Schalke 04 winger Jefferson Farfán also only has six months remaining on his deal and Atleti are said to be interested in signing the Peruvian, maybe even during the current transfer window.

The 27-year-old could come in to replace Reyes, but Atlético would first need to open up a spot for another extracomunitarian.


  • Barry Chainey

    Anyone but Jelavic.

    No news on Shaqiri?

  • 20corona

    What about Costa, will he be registered?

  • Flo

    Haha Farfan… They guy that wants Schalke 04 to give him 14 million € cash plus 6 mio a year to renew his contract…

  • Javi Lozoya

    I don’t want to see Sosa either, it’s too risky, he is doing great with Metalist but there’s a huge difference between the Ukrainian league and La Liga, and there’s the passport issue with Sosa, rumor says Miranda is the one that’s gonna have to go in case a new player arrives.
    Anyone thought about Alex Song?, I’ve heard his contract ends this summer, great player, versatile also.
    Among the players I’d like to see at Atleti obviously Shaqiri is one of them but his transfer rumor is fading way, I’d like to see also Ricky Alvarez, Muntari, Muntari is no longer required at Inter and he is a great player, Ricky is also been rumored to leave the Nerazurri for the arrival of another player. Mauricio Isla is one of my favorite players, I consider him as probably the best utility player in the world, he can play as right back, left back, right midfielder, left midfielder, center midfielder, right winger, left winger, he really is an amazing player, Mehmet Topal would be a good signing too, Farfan obviously is a great player, Alejandro “El Papu” Gomez, Simeone managed him at Catania, he has EU passport and is a good player, it’s been said that Internazionale wants him.

  • Instead of jelavic, check shaqiri. Jelavic is hardly a prolific striker. He only scores form the spot every now and again.
    He is a waste of money

  • Check this out!!
    AFP report that Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly lining up a sensational €61.5 million double swoop for Brazilian duo Kaka and Alexandre Pato. The agency reckon that the cash-rich French side are keen to make at least three high-profile signings over the next 15 days. One to watch we think.

  • sadly it has nothing to do with atleti

  • I miss aguero

  • falcao

    i would like to see Shaqiri and Muntari in our team for the next part of season

  • Veiko

    Hopefully no one will offer Perea contract extension.

  • ali_

    muntari?! are u guys serious? http://www.offthepost.info/blog/2010/03/video-sulley-muntaris-crazy-85-second-red-card/
    a pathetic player in my opinion. the only names i would like to see from above is alex song (we really need a player like him) and shaqi. the others are mediocre players, waste of money. and i think we dont need another troublemaker like farfán.

  • palc

    We should get Cristiano Ronaldo as a backup for Juanfran. Important to have depth in the squad.

  • falcao

    we must find someone for DM some good and strong…about Song i’m not sure

  • falcao

    he will continue to play for Arsenal 100%

  • Javi Lozoya

    I still think Muntari is a great player, he had very good seasons at Udinese and Portsmouth and I suppose Atleti wouldn’t pay much for him, in fact we could sign on loan and then for free, the same with Ricky Alvarez, we could ask a loan deal for him and then sign him permanently.

  • falcao

    maybe Nigel De Jong or Ian M’villa and players from teams where are Sheiks because they are only buying and buying we can buy from teams like that

  • falcao
  • Javi Lozoya

    I was hoping that Cholo was gonna request for players from Racing and Argentina at this point, Claudio Yacob would’ve a good option for the midfield, in my opinion he is the best DM in the Argentinian league, Lucas Biglia is another interesting player, I saw him at Copa America and I was delighted by his performances, I also saw Carlos Alberto Sánchez from the Colombia national team and I was surprises by his performances too, he was the best player in the Colombia match against Argentina where he did a perfect marking of Messi, he didn’t allowed Messi to do anything and that’s an outstanding achievement to accomplish.

  • Yon

    I think we should consider Song and also sign Camacho back from Malaga, loved him!

    I think Atletico sign Omar El Kaddouri, Lucho Gonzalez/Kuzmanovic & Radja Nainggolan!

  • falcao

    we also have
    Cheikh
    Tioté
    from Newcastle
    Lucho Gonzales is old i think and the others are very good

  • falcao

    also Bruno Zucculini from Racing Simeone should have bring someone to Atletico from Racing

  • Javi Lozoya

    Yon, Radja Nainggolan would be a good signing, good eye dude.

  • palc

    What aboutQuaresma? Has revitalized himself this season. Could be a good deal and surely he wouldbe interested. Though his wage demands would be an issue.

  • Javi Lozoya

    It’s Bruno Zuculini not Zucculini, and I mentioned him before along Claudio Yacob and Patricio Toranzo, he is still very young and doesn’t many matches to his name, besides he doesn’t have an EU passport and that would be a major issue.

  • Heißenberg

    what a shame letting Turbo and Antonio leave…
    they maybe are far from theire best days, but that two guys have always been real professionals who won’t mind sitting on the bench and when they are selected will always give everything. It really bothers me to see how they are rewarded for they loyalty…

  • Heißenberg

    @ Yon, Camacho is not playing at all in Malaga, just three matches whole season and neither one of them he was in starting eleven (in fact he just played 45 minutes this autumn)… I don’t know was he injured or something but he really didn’t prove to be good enoguh to come back and he really starts to seem more like one of that many lost talent… which is sad, it was really exciting when he exploded three, or four years ago…

    I would rather see Ruben back, he is progressing much better.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Ruben Perez is injured too and he lost his place in Getafe’s starting XI in the past months, but despite that I agree, it would be nice to have him back for next season, he is a good DM, and it would be nice to have him back.

  • Urban

    Flamini and Bosingwa are free to negoatiate.

  • Metro

    Flamini would be a good choice, he’d become our own pitbull. I kind of like Diame from Wigan too, not too sure about him though. Ricky Alvarez, Muntari, Bosingwa – no thanks. My mate whos a die-hard Inter fan is cursing the first two day in and day out. Bosingwa on the other hand is past his prime and I’m pretty confident in Silvio’s abilities when he is healthy. We rather need someone young as a back-up there.

  • javi how long are you one this site

  • *on
    *Javi,

  • Javi Lozoya

  • Javi Lozoya

    About 7 months, why?

  • no reason cuz you seem very experienced bout atleti

  • about the comments you say

  • Javi Lozoya

    No man I still need to learn a lot but thanks, how about you man?, since when you have been supporting Atletico?

  • Ive been supportin atleti since i was 6-7 years. Im 12 now.
    i turned on the tv one day and i saw a team winning in a ucl game. It was Atleti. Ever since ive supported them

  • Javi Lozoya

    That’s cool man, where are you from?

  • Trinidad and Tobago
    You

  • Javi Lozoya

    I’m Mexican but I live in the US, anyways, so you’re from Trinidad and Tobago, that’s so cool, it’s nice to know that there are Atletico Madrid fans in different countries, it’s really amazing, hopefully the Atletico fan base keeps growing in countries like Trinidad and Tobago and many other countries.

  • Javi Lozoya

    http://z.emezeta.com/weblog/jong-xabi/karate-jong.jpg, You guys seriously want Nigel de Jong in our team?.

  • Javi

    No one in Spain wants dejong

  • Javi Lozoya

    I don’t either, he is an aggressive player like Pepe.

  • palc

    ..in other words just the player we need.

  • Javi Lozoya

    We need an actual defensive midfielder not a lawnmower like Nigel De Jong, he could break Messi, CR7, or Iniesta leg, no joke, I would prefer to sign Strootman a million times better, he is a better DM,he rarely does reckless challenges unlike Nigel de Jong, he is also a good passer, he has a great vision and an outstanding shot, in other words he is world class player not to mention he is cheaper than Nigel de Jong.

  • Yon

    Agreed, it’s not pretty but every team needs one!

    Any idea how lamela is doing at Roma? Would have loved to have seen him come to Atleti!

  • Javi Lozoya

    Lamela is doing great at Roma, he is been consider as one of best young players of the season so far, our board should be knocking their heads against the wall for letting him go to Roma instead of Atleti.

  • leika

    What about Javi Garcia from Benfica? He could be a DM for us and he has some experience as well and no passport issues or Andre Santos from Sporting. Or just sell Assuncao, Tiago and Gabi and get the Urugay trio that were brilliant in WC 2010. I guess they were Diego Perez, Arevalo Rios and Walter Cargano/Alvaro Pereira/Maxi Pereira.

  • Hey, I was thinking Lassana Diarra he s a good DM but he plays for Real Madrid, a rival team so they wont sell him to us.

  • Derek Maaijen

    We’ve updated the post with the latest rumours. Did we miss anything?

  • Erwinito

    Cool, a fan from Trinidad & Tobago 🙂 Good to hear that we have fans all over the world.
    We have in our belgian league a good player from Trinidad & Tobago. Kareem Hyland is his name, he plays with the team KRC GENK, who also played in the group stage of the champions league this season.
    About new reinforcements for Atlético ik think the following players are a reinforcement; Shaqiri, Sosa, Radja Naingollan (belgian and a very good midfielder wanted by AC Milan), Lucas Biglia (very good midfielder who plays also in the begian league with anderlecht). Mudingayi (belgian) plays this season at Bologna and is a bit on his way back. Buanonotte i do not know so good and De Jong schould stay away.
    Most urgently i think is to reinforce the defense. That is in my opinion the weakest point.

  • 20Corona

    there is 2 players I want to see in Atleti now and those are Fucile and Arevalo Rios! hardworking players that play with a lot of heart, much needed!

  • 20Corona

    I choose them because I think there is a realistic chance for Atleti to get them.

  • Arevalo Rios left my club in Brazil saying he was not adapted and his wife wanted to go back to Mexico. And, I know he is a very good player when in Uruguay team but for my team he was reserve almost all the time and didn’t show much playing. Definitely Renato (former Sevilla) is performing insanely better than him.

    I got this on my mind about him so I don’t recommend him. I’d suggest someone like Sissoko or Vieira for this spot. Someone that make the opponent feel fear and that will probably win all the headers in that piece of field.

  • Ringo

    Perhaps Diarra might be an option right now.
    I don’t think he’s the best choice, but for a winter transfer and without money, he could be a great short term solution. Hopefully he could be given a 6 month contract.
    And please, give Salvio another chance to fit in beforesending him away!.

  • Javi Lozoya

    I prefer Mudingayi over Diarra, Diarra stopped playing about 6 months ago when Monaco was relegated and therefore it would take him time to get in shape, Mundingayi on the contrary has been a consistent player at Bologna, he has feautured in most of matches and plays in Serie A, the toughest and hardest league in the world so I’m pretty sure he would be a better addition than Diarra.

  • Joe

    M Diarra! LOL…. the last thing we heard about him was that he was going to sign for Doncaster Rovers!

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/3888939/Doncaster-deals-for-El-Hadji-Diouf-and-Mahamadou-Diarra.html

  • Javi Lozoya

    A new rumor from Marca claims Atleti is looking to sign Derek Boateng, former Getafe and now he is currently with Dnipro, he is quite a good player, I could say one of my favorite players, he had good seasons with Getafe and now he is doing good with Dnipro and he is also a international player with Ghana, I’d prefer him ahead of Diarra and Mudingayi.

  • Ringo

    ___Diarra_Koke______Arda
    _________Diego__________
    Salvio/Adrian_Falcao______

    This is my preferred 3-1-2 part of the 4-3-1-2 formation if Diarra would arrive

  • Ringo

    Or Mudingayi of course.

  • Javi Lozoya

    If Diarra is signed we might as well just say goodbye to Primera Division and get ready for Segunda, seriously Diarra got relegated at Monaco which wasn’t his fault obviously but I don’t get why if he featured for a team that suffered relegation and he hasn’t played a competitive in over 6 months, why does Atletico even want him, this isn’t MLS or Qatar this is La Liga, and I highly doubt Diarra is gonna help Atleti’s cause which is not getting relegated, in that case just let Assuncao stay, I prefer him over Diarra a million times better.

  • Javi Lozoya

    And Diarra plays as a DM, which is on the center of the midfield not as a right midfielder, it would be a mess if he plays on the right side of the midfield.

  • Ringo Schut

    It’s meant as RCM, very close to the deeplying playmaker, which is Koke. Of course Diarra is not ideal, but he has defensive skills, so if he could play here for six months for hopefully not too high a salary, he could enforce the team.
    I just think that an effective 4-3-1-2 needs one defensively strong player in midfield to just steal balls and hands them in to his more skilled teammates, mostly Koke, in this case and at times Arda, but he’s a little farther away. Players like De Jong could also fit this role, although I think there aren’t a lot if fans if his around here…
    But really, Diarra should not be counted as a right midfielder in this, you could see him as Koke’s controlling partner, but I just want to make clear Koke should be as central as possible, so more to the middle than his more defensively skilled partner, since the playmaker should divide the play and that’s most effective when as centered as possible. Easier to add variety to the play.

  • leika

    Keep in mind that those africans who play in their national team won’t be able to play and i think negotiate with us during the African Nations Cup. So they’re probably out of question for us at the moment. I would prefer someone with enough experience and someone with no language problems that’s why I suggested Javi Garcia although I don’t exactly know if he is a perfect ball winner and a hard man. Someone seen him play for Benfica? What’s he like?

  • Javi Lozoya

    good point leika, African Cup of Nations is about to begin, about Javi Garcia, I’ve seen some matches of him in Champions League, he is quite good, Benfica is having a great season, he has a strong and robust build, is good at destroying attacks, but I think there are better players out there like Strootman, Lucas Biglia, Sven or Lars Bender, Abou Diaby, Etienne Capoue, Moussa Sissoko, Gueida Fofana, etc.., they are cheap and most of them are versatile check them out, Javi Garcia is good but I don’t think he is near becoming a top player, and on top of that he is a madridista.

  • leika

    I just tought that it would be better for us to bring a player who knows the language and would have no problems adapting to the team, especially at the middle of the season. At the start of the season we almost bought a whole new team, lots of new players who need time to adapt. Maybe that was one reason for our poor start to the season – too many new players wich led to language and teamwork problems. Thats why I would like to see a homegrown player, maybe a former Atleti player or someone who already plays or has played in La Liga and knows the league.

  • shlomgar

    I’ll go a bit off topic but we just loss one of our strongest player on wing and we need replacement. The ideal pick would be Maxi of course but he is doing well and probably won’t come.

    I’m a bit biased but there is a good option in Yossi Benayun. He is an experienced winger with history in 3/4 of England top clubs. He played in spain for 3 seasons and he is a good friend with Torres (they were hotel roomates when liverpool was in away games). He has good game sight and he scores about 5-10 goals in a season, and he is the Israel national team captain for the last five years I think.

    He is not getting younger but he is a quality player and mabe he will convince Torres that the time for a comeback is now.

  • palc
  • Javi Lozoya

    CSKA Moscow signs players like Ahmed Musa and Pontus Wernbloom and we keep players like Juanfran, Mario, etc..,., additionally, we haven’t yet sign a player to reinforce our squad, which we desperately need to improve, I hope the board acts quickly and signs at least one player in the next few days because the team needs to improve in certain areas, it’s still early to sign players but it’s better to sign them as soon as possible so that they adapt faster and better to the club.

  • Flo

    Wouldn’t give much about the Miranda rumour. Porto Alegre made a bid for Werder Bremens Naldo before. They bid one million Euro for him which is a joke. After player and the club refused they need another guy.

  • falcao
  • Ringo

    Miranda’s departure might be dangerous, Pulido needs to be loaned out to gain experience, since he is not ready for Atleti’s wished level yet.

    Can’t we swap Miranda and Naldo? Naldo is great! He is very tall, two-footed and pretty technical for a defender. Don’t know about his passports, but he’s been in Germany since summer 2005.

    How strong are Gago and Boateng defensively? A strong defensive midfielder should be the priority, there are enough CM’s at the club. I think a Yaya Toure-ish player would be great for this team, and if such a player comes from Africa and will go to the cup, I’d still sign him and have patience.

  • falcao

    i think the best solution to replace Reyes is Antoine Griezmann or Lass Bangoura,if we are searching players from LA LIGA

  • Gert

    Eden Hazard….

  • Javi Lozoya

    Kevin De Bruyne would be a good replacement for Reyes, he is the new sensation from Belgium check him out, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sairNgdN4qo, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQrFqSrguZY&feature=related, he is versatile and plays on both wings, has great vision and is a good passer, he also has a great shot with his right foot even though he plays mostly on the left wing.
    He is rumored to be transferred to Chelsea since last summer and in the last days it has been rumored that he is signing with the Blues for a £8million fee which it sucks since I think unlike Hazard who’s definitely not going to join Atleti, De Bruyne could be more affordable and in think Spanish football suits him better than the English, because De Bruyne doesn’t have a strong build and in England, football is more physical and tough whereas Spanish football is more technical without much friction therefore, it would suit De Bruyne much better.

  • Yon

    What about Motta, he seems to have improved slightly since leaving?

    Further to my previous suggestions (Omar El Kaddouri, Lucho Gonzalez, Kuzmanovic, Radja Nainggolan) I’d also consider – Ranocchia, Lulic, Susaeta, Felipe Santana, Marco Reus!

    I also think we need better scouts again!

  • Javi

    What about Granero, Mou has no place for him

  • Urban

    Im against selling miranda. He is no Nesta but Perea is just imho horrible and ridiculous at the same time at the defence for like about 2 years now so we need him as 3rd defender.

    I always believed that Miranda is way better with than without the ball and I was thinking whether he could make a decent DM or not.

  • palc

    Lets get Claudio Yacob. From what ive heard hes a solid DM with a great vision and also a great leader. Has worked with Simeone when Cholo was in Racing Club.

    Dont know if he has italian citizenship.. But I think so..

  • palc
  • Urban

    Palc – good option indeed!

  • falcao
  • Ian

    what is it with central midfielders and atleti??
    i know we need a quality one, but we’re already overbooked by them, and we need wingers!!
    the last decent wingers i could remember at atleti is when we have Simao, Maxi, and maybe Martin Petrov, after they’ve all gone away, we sucked at the wings..

    I really want to see Salvio grow with Atleti though..

  • palc

    @ Ian

    But this fella seems like a good addition to the team. Unlike all of those CMs weve wasted cash on. I don’t know him, but he could be our “missing link” in the midfield. He’s a leader, which we have lacked for so many years, he’s also a great passer and has a sense of attacking skills. I guess he resembles Gabi, but seems like he’s a more physical player than Gabi, and most importantly more of a leader. He’s relatively young (24 years) and has been capped by Argentina. Also he has dual citizenship (Esp/Arg) so he won’t be occupying any EU- spots. I don’t think he would be too expensive too, and would be happy to reunited with his former coach.

  • ali_

    the only problem that it seems like we are not interested in him.

  • Ringo

    He seems to have a similar style of play to Koke.
    Perhaps a nice partnership?

  • Javi Lozoya

    Don’t mean to be rude but Yacob is one of the players I’ve been suggesting since the transfer window opened, and honestly it’s a bit annoying and unfair that I mention a player and the next day someone mentions him too, I guess I should have posted a video of him.
    For those who want feedback of him, he is the best ‘5’ or defensive midfielder in the Argentinian league, he is a great passer, makes some great through balls, and has a got shot with his right foot.

  • ali_

    nvm javi lozoya. u guys talkin bout players who will never sign for us. they’re not even our radar. let’s get back to reality. maybe we sign gago at the summer (yaaay….), and i just read that klaus allofs would welcome back diego at wolfsburg with open arms. i wonder if diego would stay with us or not.

  • ali_

    not wolfsburg, werder. sorry

  • palc

    Sorry Javi Lozoya. I actually noticed that you mentioned him. Just wanted to emphasize that he might be an ideal signing for us. Noticed that no one was talking about him so I brought it up again.. Yacob al Atleti!!

  • Javi Lozoya

    It’s all good palc, no worries, I don’t wanna make a big deal out of this, at least you posted a video on him and I didn’t, by the way you did a great job describing him I’ll just add that I think he lacks some aggressiveness speaking in football terms and Cholo could make Yacob more aggressive and a much more complete player since Simeone himself was a defensive midfielder, one of the best ‘5’ in Argentina and in the history of Football, and yes indeed he (Yacob) would be a great signing for us, he is one of my favorite players and I’d like to see him at Atletico.

  • Javi Lozoya

    ali_, we sort of clarified this thing before, we know some or most players we mention in the site are not definitely going to join Atleti but there’s nothing wrong to dream about them or just exchange opinions regarding them, I remind you again that talking about players that we like and would like to see them at Atleti it’s a method of conversation and interaction between us Atleti fans.

  • ali_

    and i say again i know. its just really boring (to me) to read bout those players who are not even related with us all the time. and one thing is that you write bout a player a few things,which is cool, but some others just write stuff like this: “what about him, him, him and him???”
    btw very dissapointing that the club only thinking in mediocre players, like that boateng and others. and ofc i would like to see that guy u talked bout lately in our shirt, but its sad that almost no chance for this.
    im hoping that the forum is coming soon, so u guys can have a manager topic.

  • palc

    @ ali_

    Actually I read somewhere that Yacob is in fact linked to Atletico. But there hasnt been too much talk about it coming from Simeone. Which is somewhat weird because Yacob as I’ve said earlier looks like an ideal signing for us and also because he was the captain for Cholo’s Racing Club team and therefore obviously has a good relationship with our new boss.

    Also I want to mention that in the Apertura season, Racing Club only conceded 8 goals in 19 matches. And did I mention that Yacob is the captain for that team? 😉

  • palc

    @ Javi Lozoya

    Do you think he could be the DM we sorely need? You state that he lacks aggressivenes, which is exactly what our midfield lacks. If this is true, then I don’t know if he really is what we need. Although he picked up 8 yellow cards and a red card in 20 Apertura matches, which indicates an aggressive playing style.

  • Javi Lozoya

    I do think he could be the DM we need, but I think he needs to improve quite a bit if he wants to succeed in Europe, he is a great passer and a good destroyer of rival attacks, has good anticipation , is good in the air, and when I say he needs to be more aggressive I mean his tackling, I’ve seen him and his tackles and he needs to improve that area a bit, other than that he would be a great signing for us, but that’s just my humble opinion, by the way nice facts you mentioned, 8 yellow cards and a red card in 20 matches do indicate he is has an aggressive style.

  • what about takashi usami from bayern,the japanese robben?He is very cool

  • to me that is

  • falcao
  • solari

    guys, what do you think if we get “ever banega” back to us !!!
    he’s a very good option, isn’t he ??

  • ali_

    falcao: after your 6th link like this, u still cant see that its impossible to see whats on that pictures?!

    i would be very happy for banega, but why he would join us?
    sadly, valencia is ahead of us.

  • falcao

    sorry everyone who want to see this

  • Ringo

    They probably want to ensure they win the battle for the Rayo players’ contracts.
    Are they really talented?
    How is Daniel Pacheco doing, by the way? Wouldn’t he be useful?
    Cedric Mabwati is left in the past? I really liked the kid.
    Is there a future for Borja Baston at Atletico?

    Enough gossip question for the day for me.

  • Ringo

    Borja Valero would be there for rolation, I guess, since the 4-2-1-3 formation already has Diego in the playmaker role, Simeone SAYS he believes in Koke. He likes Tiago and Gabi, that’s said and they played his first game. Arda can also play as playmaker, pretty well, actually.
    But if Valero’s on the radar all this time, it’s probably a move by the board or Caminero, not Simeone himself, how skilled he may be, so many links cannot be just by every single Atleti manager.
    I don’t know if I would’ve bought him, but he is skilled and he probably comes in handy if Diego doesn’t stay on permanent basis.

    Botia could come in very handy if Miranda and/or Pulido leave(s).

  • falcao

    Shaqiri is an idiot….

  • ali_

    indeed, but if he wants to play in CL… with he gala he could. in the turkish leauge there is 2-3 stronger team. so its not too difficult to get in CL.

  • Sergio Lopez

    Derek, do you know anything about Fran Merida’s situation? If yes, tell me please…

  • solari

    fran merida is said to be on his way back to atléti…

  • he is a good right back and has a similar style to daniel alves

  • leika

    @Randy German OK! How much money do you have? I’ll give you the rest needed. But personally I would buy Messi and Fabregas, but since I don’t earn that much, I can’t buy them. 🙁

    I would understand if you said ”what do you think about this guy?” instead of ”lets buy him”
    just trollin btw 🙂

  • Leika, I have no money Zero dollars

  • falcao

    are there any new transfer rumours…

  • falcao
  • Edletico

    Do you know much about him Falcao??

  • falcao

    nothing special i think,he plays for Bayern Munich and has done nothing then for Napoli the same thing,now he is in Metalist he is better there he is first replacment for Di Maria in Argentina and he plays few matches for Argentina

  • falcao

    i think you know all this

  • falcao
  • falcao

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCQ9yhPwQU4&feature=related
    he was good here but now i think he is not

  • Ringo

    He’s got great skill and vision, but consistency might be the biggest question and youtube videos usuallt don’t show the bad parts of a player.

  • ali_

    diego is way better than sosa.

  • Edletico

    Surely we would be better off with Borja Valero then?

  • falcao

    of course

  • soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1008955/chelsea-striker-romelu-lukaku:-i-may-go-out-on-loan-next-season?cc=3888
    What about this man

  • No news on Shaqiri???

  • Javi Lozoya

    Hopefully a deal for Valero is arranged within the next days, although obviously as Derek mentions it seems pretty unlikely to happen, and I don’t think Villarreal are gonna let Valero leave for less than €20 million, perhaps €15M and the rights of Diego Costa or maybe another player, that should do it because I don’t think Atleti is gonna be able to pay €20M for Valero, but if they do it’s gonna be great, no need to highlight the skills of Valero.

  • Davide

    Yeah that’s exactly what we need, another box to box player in our massive central midfield collection.

    Someone playing in the exact position and role as Koke..

    Another overrated one season wonder making his way to Madrid at a grocely overpriced and inflated transfer fee.

    We need to stop this nonsense and evil chain of dumbass. The club needs to get their act together and start to seriously nurture our own talents.

  • falcao

    do you know that Villareal is interested in Adrian they offered 3 milions maybe he could be the key role for bringing Borja Valero to Calderon…
    but i think we we should not have to sell Adrian he great this season
    (they are looking for replacment for Rossi who is injured)

  • Sweden

    No way, Adrian has to stay.. He is even more important for our goalscoring at the time than falcao is if you ask me. Borja Valero is an amazing player, but at the same time, If we want Koke to get some playing time, it is very stupid to bring in Valero. If Diego doesn’t stay after the summer, then maybe he would be a good signing. I really don’t think we have to sign players at this time if Tiago and Gabi can show the same fighting spirit in every game as in match against Villarreal. Hopefully Silvio will recover and be a rb to count on. That LB from Rayo is indeed interesting if Lopez doesn’t get a new contract offer from us.

  • Javi

    Our midfield is more than covered, I would not buy any midfielder. As we saw this weekend, Simeone does a good job with what we have-plus if we can pay salaries how are we going to buy anyone???
    Instead I would use Fran Merida and/or Mario to trade for a good right full back because Silvio is more out than in, and Perea is…even less reliable.

  • Javi

    I meant “CANT” pay salaries.

  • falcao

    i would use Fran Merida or Mario to bring one LW or RW…
    we have not found replacment for Reyes

  • Urban

    I would stick to Diego. He is irregular, but he is pure class.

  • palc

    Valero wont fit in. We already have Diego as our main supplier. Gabi can also pass. We need a destroyer in the midfield. Mario Suarez is clumsy with the ball and also a pussy who can’t tackle or man mark. He’s practicaly useless Not a bad player overall of course, but he’s bad at defending and bad at attacking. The ‘Fro gots to go!

    I agree that we need a strong and solid right back. Don’t care if this particular player is bad at attacking as long as he has muscles and can tackle. A young Ujfalusi one might say.

  • palc

    Don’t get me wrong, Iwould never say no to Valero. Excellent player, better than Gabi, Mario and Tiago altogether.

  • Sweden

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooOYx-_Z9sI

    this must be one of our best signings ever.. hopefully he will stay a long time.

  • falcao

    hope……

  • falcao

    i think we will bring Shaqiri to Vicente Calderon,i can not believe that he will go to Galatasaray…

  • falcao
  • falcao

    we must not sell them..
    they are our future

  • Ringo

    Could you translate that? I don’t understand the Spanish language… I recognise a too small amount of the words to understand which players it’s about and how concrete it is, etc.

  • Falcao english please!!!!!!!!!!

  • falcao

    Liverpool,Arsenal and Man.United are interested in our canteranos…….they are named there

  • Javi Lozoya

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCQFbE75VMo, Anybody knows, likes or has heard about this player?. His name is Alejandro Dario Gomez nicknamed El Papu, he is a talented player, versatile, can play as an attacking midfielder, left winger, right winger. You may say, wow there’s another player that has nothing to with Atleti and it’s true, but interestedly enough Papu was coached by Simeone at Catania last season, and that was probably Gomez best season at Catania, Simeone somehow help him to excell, anyways. I’m a bit surprised why Gomez hasn’t been linked with a move to Atleti just yet, he would a better option than Sosa in my humble opinion, he (Gomez) is a fast player, very quick and elusive, is a good passer, makes good crosses and has a knack to score important goals as he scored against Inter and Juve last season. I’m hopeful he is signed in the transfer window although I know it seems pretty impossible, he hasn’t been linked with Atleti so obviously it’s unlikely that he is gonna end at Atleti but Simeone has said that he and Caminero have been working very hard for signings and who knows if Alejandro “Papu” Gomez is Cholo’s ace up his sleeve. I’d like that. I’m still very hopeful that Atleti signs a new player, hopefully Gomez is the one.

  • palc

    Only heard of him in Football Manager some years ago.

  • falcao

    he is very good

  • shlomgar

    Is it true about Man Utd wanting to sign Manquilo? Isn’t it too much for us? We don’t have a real replacement for Silvio so I’m not too fond of letting the boy go.

  • ali_

    well, they’re watchin him. he has a contract until 2016. so…

  • falcao

    why don’t we try with Dani Parejo he is forgoten in Valencia…

  • falcao

    Juan Muniz from Gijon,Jairo from Santander they are very promising players both 18 years old

  • Edletico

    To be fair, the transfer rumours now seems to be fairly realistic and will improve the team compared to the rumours a couple of seasons ago. Maybe Caminero knows what he’s doing

  • falcao

    we could bring up Griezmann and for exchange we could give Diego Costa and Fran Merida and some money

  • Edletico

    Is Griezmann left footed??
    In an ideal world we need a back up rb(hugo mallo) back up cb (botia) back up lb (casado) dm and cm (capoue and valero) and finally a rw who is left footed not sure who for that unless we have the money for shaqiri

  • shlomgar

    I think ur right falcao. We should get him for those two without money though

  • falcao

    both left and right footed he can play very good with both

  • Javi Lozoya

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpTDbwB__bU&feature=related, do any of you guys remember Leto from Panathinaikos? well, I remember him very well from our matches againts Panathinaikos back in 2009 in Champions League, he scored an astonishing goal and I thought he was Panathinaikos best player in the series, I was like, “We have to sign this guy he is pretty talented” and I guess I was right, 3 years later Leto has unleashed his potential, he has scored 16 in 17 matches, that’s simply amazing, I’m very impressed with Leto, he is now much more improved player, unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’re interested in him, that’s too damn bad, I really like how Leto is performing.

  • ali_

    Javi L: u jokin, right? 🙂 he was a big flop at l’pool (he wasnt the only tho), and the fact that he scored 15 goal on 15 matches just shows how weak is the greek leauge.

  • 7th

    Javi L: AS Roma is interested in him and already in talks with him, he might come in the summer though. well i dont want him to come to roma even though enrique likes him.

  • SoLobo

    I am from Greece. Leto is a super player, but only in the greek league. I don’t know if he should do well in a club like Atleti. Right now Panathinaikos doesn’t want to seel him and if we try to do so, he will be waaaaay overpriced. We can find lots of better and cheaper players.

  • falcao

    http://www.footballpress.net/?action=read&idsel=97362
    we have no chance to bring this guy…
    (someone mentined him already)

  • Javi Lozoya

    ali, just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean he is a flop, fyi, he hardly play for Liverpool, that doesn’t mean he is a flop, things change, people tend improve over the course of the years in case you didn’t knew, Leto is not the same player from Liverpool he is better, and the fact that he is leading the goalscoring charts actually mean the Greece league is small for hom.

  • ali_

    i agree to disagree. fyi the greece leauge is weak. and he is not a quality player. last year he scored 1 goal on 18 matches, just cos u like statistics. however it doesnt mean anything. he has a good season in a weak leauge. thats how flops born.

  • Javi Lozoya

    I don’t really care about statistics but performances, I just wanted to highlight how much he has improve in a spam of over 3 years, and actually statistics are important in any field. I told you already that I remember him since 2009, I saw him and I was really impressed with Leto ever since. I agree that the Greece league is not an elite league but is very competitive since Olympiakos defeat Marseille, Arsenal reserves but it still was an important victory, and Dortmund, the current German champions, and that wasn’t no Greek flop, Olympiakos played good and qualified for the Europa League deservedly, it wasn’t just a flop. Remember, Aris two seasons ago?, well, they were no weak team neither their victory was a “flop”, I’m telling you don’t underestimate Greek football, it may seem weak but I think is quite competitive and good.

  • ali_

    aris? thats the worst example u could come with. we supportin a rollercoaster team which could beat the best teams, and could get beaten by the weakest teams on earth.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Perhaps, but I think you’re underestimating Greek football, is not as bad as it seems.

  • SoLobo

    Javi, sorry to tell you, but it ‘s even worse!

  • Javi Lozoya

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPz9cTuOc6g, so this guy is gonna turn into a flop just ’cause he plays in Greece right?, or Sotiris Ninis is a flop too because he plays in Greece, for Panathinaikos and alongside Leto right?, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxYuoYHxclw&feature=related, or Torosidis also is a big flop because he plays in Greece too?, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXNr8KElmVg&feature=related, all of these 3 players are quite good enough for the Spanish League or any league in my opinion and just because they play in Greece doesn’t mean they are gonna turn into flops. I know the Greece league isn’t exactly in the top 5 but it’s still quite a good league with promising players, great stadiums, and fans and that makes it competitive and not weak as some people say it is.

  • ali_

    ahh javi, at least beleive in SoLobo, who is greek. u can keep on link youtube compilations, which shows nothing, greece leauge is weak, thats it. and i didnt say that ALL of the players from there are gonna be a flop.

  • leika

    I guess you guys only know the top5 leagues…

  • this is very bad indeed

  • SoLobo

    Javi, I didn’t say that he will be a flop. I have said my opinion before. He is a super player BUT only for Greece. I can’t know if he ‘s good enough for a club like Atleti. I can imagine Raul Garcia being the best ever player in a team like Panathinaikos. I have the same opinion for Torosidis. Ninis is good, but not THAT good in my opinion. Kyriakos Papadopoulos who now plays for Schalke is much better. OK, we may have a handful of good talents around here, but the football here is awful, the fans are veeeeeeeery few (you can see the numbers, if you want) and most stadiums are worse than those in Africa. You can praise Leto, you may be right, but don’t praise greek football, if you don’t watch it.

  • Lubo

    That’s what I also said before. For a player of Falcao’s calibre, Atletico is just a transition phase. Sad but true. No Champions League next season = no Falcao.

  • Javi Lozoya

    SoLobo have you ever heard of a word called globalization?, with that said much to your annoyance I have seen Greek football indeed and I’m convinced it’s a very competitive league and it has very good players also. I saw Olympiakos and PAOK in the Champions League and Europa League respectively and their both great teams with good players, and about the fans, I know they are very passionate and very supportive of their teams, maybe the team you support isn’t too good or known I don’t really care, you can say all you want the Greece league is awful but I believe is a good championship with good players and very interesting to watch.

  • SoLobo

    Javi, I am not into fights or disagreements especially with people that support Atleti. I believe I know better because I live in Greece all my life. You don’t want to believe me, it ‘s OK.

  • falcao

    according to the latest rumours Atlético is interested in Wellington from Sao Paolo he is DM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0rIqgeVv-A&feature=related
    he is very good

  • falcao

    20 years old

  • Edletico

    Looks promising, possible Non-Eu problem though??
    unless Miranda is sold and Botia is bought in and Diego Costa i used to attract Cassado and Lass

  • ratchet

    falcao wont go to liverpool. i live in england and they are struggling for european football at all. they are so far away from the cl places. those seriously competing for them are utd, city, spurs (almost certain of cl football) and 4th place is between arsenal and chelsea. i dont think he will leave at the end of the season anyway

  • palc

    Nothing’s going to happen this transferwindow.

  • falcao
  • Javi Lozoya

    I think is great for Pulido to be loaned away, get some minutes and continue with his progress because I think he is very promising and has a bright future at Atleti, the problem is; is he gonna actually get plenty of minutes at Rayo Vallecano, a team that their main task was to not get relegated, a task that they have virtually achieve as they are now sitting comfortably in mid table and I think they’re pretty much secured their permanence in the Primera but they still have the second half of the season and things could get complicated, anyways, my point is that I’m not so sure about Pulido getting plenty of minutes at Rayo, remember that Dani Pacheco has rarely feature for the Vallecas side, so there’s a possibility the same thing happen to Pulido, and if that’s the case, I think Pulido would be better of at Celta de Vigo in the Segunda, they’re aiming to for promotion to Primera, and I think there’s gonna more chances for Pulido to play at the Vigo side.

  • Javi Lozoya

    I was pretty excited about possible new signings in this transfer window but now I’m in favor of no flamboyant signings or no signings at all. Currently, pretty much all the players on the squad have been doing an awesome job with great performances, most players have also featured regularly, some as starters some as subs, but I think pretty much the whole squad is happy, except players like Joel, Asenjo and Pulido who are now being overlooked and have not getting plenty of minutes, Asenjo played some matches, Joel too, and Pulido hasn’t exactly have plenty of minutes, but pretty much most of the squad has featured regularly and seems happy, calmed, and committed with the club, and in addition to the transfers theme, historically, players who have been signing during the winter transfer window have rarely made an impact for their new clubs, there’s exceptions of course but then again, players transferred during the winter transfer period gave rarely excelled, although I think an utility player or a back up striker would be good for the remaining of the season, a striker preferably should a priority in case Falcao or Adrian are absent due to injury, fatigue or accumulation of yellow cards, Falcao is gonna have to play complicated, tough and long matches with Colombia and he got injured already playing with his national team, he even missed the Madrid derby because of his injury with Colombia and so I think a sub for him should be signed in case he is indeed absent, preferably a player on loan or cheap, with vast experience internationally, and someone who doesn’t mean to be sitting in the bench for most of the time.

  • Ringo

    Atleti has had a very strong squad for a couple of years now, they just want to keep the “screw up”-award in Madrid. Lately, with the help of Quique and Manzano, they’ve managed to do so. I still don’t rate the EL-win and Copa final-place very highly… Having Aguero and Forlan in your squad and having quite some luck doesn’t make you a good team and doesn’t make the coach terrific, especially if you sped up one of your top players decline.

    I really hope Simeone can finally make this team consistent. Manzano looked okay in the beginning, with the clean sheets and seemingly growing possession football, until about 7/8 games, when things started to fail more and more.
    The team seems more confident and energetic, though, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt and maybe in a couple of games we can see how great this coach and his team really is. They face Valencia within two weeks, the way they play there, not necessarily the result, could show a piece of Simeone’s true prowess. Also, the Lazio games are not too long after that.

    Let’s see, so far it’s (clearly) promising!

  • falcao

    Maybe we don’t need new signings

  • falcao

    According to EL FICHAJES Atletico is interested in Abdel Barrada from Getafe….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQzB6m98iiQ&feature=related
    he is good and he is 22

  • I am brazilian and I feel I really need to bring this information to my friends here. Do you remember Fabiano Eller? That former defender played with us some years ago?

    I remember he was a top former defender in Brazil until he joined Atlético. It really seems he forget how to play football. After not succeeding in Atlético and all the smaller clubs he tried to play after it, he is now in a club that maybe will play in the Brazilian 4th division. It wasn’t our fault in this case…

    Besides Eller, Cleber Santana was playing for Atlético Paranaense last season leading the team to a relegation and now São Paulo, who owns the player, doesn’t know what to do with him.

    Glad we don’t have them anymore…

  • Ringo

    20 million pounds? They’d better not get him in that case.
    They should take better care of their money for once.
    Giovani would be back-up at Atletico, so if I were him, I wouldn’t come. It’d be nice to have him, he still has the talent, I guess, although it would still be a risk.

  • k14

    I don’t feel like we need any more wingers, but in case we do, I still thedink Krasic would be the best option as he is high quality and seems unwanted at Juve.

    But seriously, are juve that racist ?
    Seems to me they always put the blame on their foreign star. Both Diego and Krasic were their best performers at the single season they played there, and then they kick them out like an unwanted dogs.

  • Ringo Schut

    I don’t think it’s racism, a lot of people forget that ‘white’ people can also be foreign.

  • falcao

    Aguero brothers leave Independiente?

    Younger brothers of Sergio Aguero are currently in the youth categories of Independiente, but the question is how many will still be there because the father of Argentine football players do not like the financial details of that cooperation.
    Aguero’s father claims that the team there are many guys who take the percentage of managers, and therefore wants to be applying the same treatment to him and his sons. He argues that if this does not happen, that the brothers Aguero take in some clubs that are closer to the family home, such as tigers or Velez.

  • falcao

    maybe this could be interesting…

  • Heißenberg

    Marca says Pulido is loaned to Rayo.
    I think this is really great for him, if he is any good he should play because Rayo have just sold Figueras to Rubin and they don’t have that much good centerbacks.

  • palc

    Im a huge fan of Andre Ayew. Lets get rid of Salvio and get Ayew.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Ayew would be great, I’m a big fan of him too, he is way better than Salvio, no doubt about that but honestly I doubt he would want to come to Atleti or that our board is even interested in him. He has been linked to Arsenal and other EPL teams and I’m pretty sure he is gonna move to England in the summer or next year, he is just too good for us.

  • palc

    The thing about Salvio is that he’s not a winner. Not a matchwinner at all. He’s too dependent on the team performing. And even so if the team is performing, its not a sure thing that he too is performing. He did great at Benfica, solely because Benfica was a performing team.

    If Salvio doesn’t perform well when given the chance now under Simeone, then I wouldn’t mind selling him to Benfica for €10 mill, which they did offer before the season started.

  • kayne melrose

    adel tarrabt from QPR

  • no puedo creer que hayan sacado a la perla reyes y q diego se regrese despues de lo q paso con el atleti