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It's that time of the year again as we get closer and closer to the January window

rayo attacker leo is said to be close to signing with atletico

Leo Baptistão reportedly close to joining Atlético (AS)

As the winter transfer window approaches, the rumour factory is churning out the goodies seemingly by the hour.

The latest reports in the Spanish press suggest that young Rayo Vallecano starlet Leo Baptistão is on the verge of signing with Atlético, though the Brazilian would be expected to finish out the season with our Vallecas-based neighbours before joining us in the summer AS reports.

The versatile attacker has been crucial for Rayo this season and despite being somewhat comfortably clear of the bottom three spots in the table, his side is hoping he can continue to help them stave off relegation.

The 20-year-old’s release clause is €8 million, but Atleti hope to offer a couple of players in exchange in order to reduce that fee and acquire the gifted youngster. Jorge Pulido, who spent half a season on loan at Rayo in the last campaign is the likeliest of candidates to head back to Vallecas, possibly with a buy-back option, while Domingo Cisma, who can play as a fullback or central defender, could be included in a deal as well.

According to Marca, Sílvio is expected to leave on loan in January, with his likeliest destination being Portugal. Benfica are said to be very interested.

It’s no secret that the Portuguese fullback isn’t one of Atleti boss Diego Simeone’s favourite players, but Rojiblanco officials still feel the 25-year-old has something to offer the club in the future.

Atleti front office staff do not doubt the footballer’s quality, rather, they believe the issue has to do with getting him back to peak form after a series of injuries last season prevented him from doing so. They feel their best bet is to have Sílvio try his luck elsewhere so that he can find continuous playing time.

In other news, AS reported earlier this week that the club are very close to announcing the contract extensions of Simeone, Miranda and Adrián.

The priority at the moment is to retain ‘El Cholo’s’ services for another year, and a deal should be announced before the end of the year.


  • starvs

    Think you made a typo in the last sentence, should read decade, not year; easy mistake to make though.

  • Alex21

    I like the idea of the trade of players for Leo. It should be an interesting window like always.

  • Raed Shalak Valbuena

    what about Granero ??

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    Rumours has it that Beñat Will make a move to Atleti in the summer, if we qualify for Champions league, as we Will need some what of an stronger midfield if we wanna play with the big boys.

    Granero has been rumoured to Atleti in janurary. As QPR are doing badly this season and Their new manager (Redknapp) has yet to show some trust to him.

    http://www.insidefutbol.com/2012/12/06/atletico-madrid-eye-qpr-midfielder-esteban-granero/74310/

    Thiago Mendes is rumoured away from Atleti because his contract is done this summer and Atleti Will try to make some cash for a midfielder who is a bid of step behind a place in the first 11.

    Also Raul Garcia is wanted by Everton for about 11 m.