On the final day of the transfer window Atlético Madrid announced the signings of Toby Alderweireld and Josuha Guilavogui.
Atleti waited until Monday to officially announce the duo, who will be presented once they return from international duty.
Alderweireld is a centre back who could also feature as a right back. The 24-year-old played 186 games for Ajax before joining Atleti, in which he scored 15 goals.
While his defensive capabilities have gone largely untested in the Dutch Eredivisie, Alderweireld has shown himself to be a very capable passer, who’s also a big threat on set pieces and from long range.
After winning three Dutch leagues, Toby now seems ready for a step up to one of Europe’s strongest and most competitive leagues, where he will fight for a spot in our defence with Miranda and Godín.
Reportedly Manchester City was involved in the transfer of the Belgian, as there are rumours floating around that they actually paid for his transfer. It’s said that in a desperate attempt to reunite Martín Demichelis and Manuel Pellegrini, the Citizens bought Alderweireld and then swapped centre backs with the Rojiblancos. At Atlético, Alderweireld signed a four year contract.
Guilavogui is lesser known to some, but also forms part of his country’s national team setup. The man with the deceptive first name — it is actually spelled Josuha — has been making a name for himself in the Ligue 1 and impressed Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps.
Guilavogui is a strong box-to-box midfielder, who has netted 9 goals in 93 appearances for Saint-Etienne.
He joins Atlético for five seasons in a deal said to be worth €10m.
Are you happy with the signings of Alderweireld and Guilavogui and do you think they can gain a spot in Simeone’s starting eleven?