After losing Capoue to big-spending Tottenham, Atlético continue to search for a new centre midfielder.
It appears the Rojiblancos have their sights set on the Ligue 1, because according to AS, they are close to signing one of two French internationals.
Atlético has reportedly agreed on a €10m fee with Saint-Etienne for the transfer of Josuha Guilavogui, a 22-year-old midfielder who has already made his debut for the French national team.
The player of French Guianese background is considered to be a diamond in the rough — his power and work ethic make him a defensive machine, just as Simeone likes it, but it’s said his technique and passing ability are a work in progress.
An alternative would be Jeremy Toulalan, who Atlético have been pursuing all summer. He appeared to be close to joining us earlier in the transfer window, but his former club Málaga delayed a deal hoping for a better offer.
That offer came when Monaco outbid Atlético for the 29-year-old, but apparently Toulalan might now be available again after his new club splashed the cash on Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia.
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