The Tiago saga appears to be nearing its conclusion, as we have formalised the €4.5m deal with Juventus for the transfer of the midfielder. If the Portuguese national finally decides to leave Turin, it will only be to play for Atlético.
Juve officials have informed the player that he is not in their plans for the upcoming campaign, pretty much exhausting any last bit of leverage the 29 year old still held.
Tiago finds himself between a proverbial rock and a hard place. On one hand, he can continue to earn his €2.8m while watching the Bianconeri from the stands or, on the other, he can play a vital role in organising our midfield, which was often in disarray this past weekend. The drawback to coming back to Madrid is that, if he does, he will be receiving a markedly slimmer paycheck for his services.
Despite earlier reports by team president Enrique Cerezo suggesting we had several alternative replacements in the event that Tiago would not arrive, the latest reports indicate that the club intends to go with a home based option. Raul García would be the likely substitute.
Do you think that Atlético need Tiago for the upcoming season? Or do you think some of the players we already have can fill his boots?