Atlético general manager Miguel Ángel Gil has reportedly closed a deal to sign our third goalkeeper of the summer, according to MARCA. Getafe’s Miguel Ángel Moyà is the man tasked with playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois for the upcoming campaign.
It’s usually a roller coaster ride trying to follow Atlético during the summer transfer window. If it isn’t iconic players walking brilliantly into the sunset, it’s mediocre players coming in through the back door on the cheap.
Occasionally we’ll sign a big name, but it’s often offset by a number of smaller signings who fail to capture the imagination of Rojiblancos everywhere. For every David Villa, there are three or four of Cata Díaz.
And while this summer hasn’t exactly been a thrill-seeking adventure, there has definitely been some kind of fairground going on between the sticks for Atleti.
Things got off to a great start. Courtois announced his intention to stay and Atleti subsequently agreed another year on-loan for our Belgian wonderkid.
Who would act as backup to the 22-year-old, however, was a little less obvious.
Sergio Asenjo, once hailed as the answer to Atlético’s goalkeeping issues of years-gone-by, has been shipped out on loan to Villarreal in search of first-team football.
A familiar face on the way in at the Vicente Calderon was Roberto Jiménez, the cantera product that has signed as many different contracts with Atleti as he has played games.
Yet it looks like the 27-year-old didn’t have enough experience to back up Courtois, as Roberto was immediately put on a plane to Greece in a loan deal with Olympiakos.
Let’s not forget about Joel either, another keeper who couldn’t quite make the jump from Atlético B to the senior side. After impressing last season on loan to Wigan in the Premier League, he signed a permanent deal to join Everton in sunny Merseyside.
Which brings us full circle, back to Moyà. MARCA reported that we’ve been thinking about signing the 29-year-old Spaniard for the last two months, leading us to believe that the goalkeeping merry-go-round was in fact an elaborate plan to keep us entertained this off-season. Thanks, Caminero!
This begs the question…if the worst happens and Courtois is playing in the Premier League next season, who do you want to see in between the sticks for Atlético?