In their search for a player to bolster manager Simeone’s defensive options, Atlético have set their eyes on Porto’s Nicolás Otamendi, according to AS.
The 25-year-old Argentine defender is particularly appealing, because he can play both at centre back and at right back, and he possesses an Italian passport.
Otamendi, who is represented by “super-agent” Jorge Mendes, has reportedly reciprocated Atlético’s interest, so a transfer could happen.
However, his contract reportedly contains a hefty €15 million release clause, which means Atlético will likely need a third-party to help facilitate a transfer.
Jorge Mendes to get his claws into Óliver?
“Super-agent” Jorge Mendes is trying to recruit Rojiblanco starlet Óliver Torres into his sports agency, Gestifute, according to MARCA.
The precocious 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in football, and a future Atlético star.
He’s currently under the wing of lesser-known agent Pablo Barquero, who’s been with him for years and who negotiated his current contract which runs till 2017.
Though Óliver and his family reportedly have an excellent relationship with his current agent, Mendes’ power and influence may prove too strong to resist.
Negredo could cost Atleti an arm and a leg
There’s no doubt that Sevilla’s Álvaro Negredo is the number-one priority this summer for Atlético, who consider him the ideal replacement for the departed Falcao.
Because the Spanish forward, who turns 28 in August, wants to remain in Spain and to play in the Champions League, a transfer is probable.
Atlético are hoping to include one or two of their players, like Pizzi, in their offer for Negredo in order to lower the transfer fee.
But according to various Spanish media, Sevilla are demanding a fee of at least €20 million due to their financial problems, so a deal won’t be done anytime soon.