OFFICIAL: Atlético sign Alderweireld & Guilavogui

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On the final day of the transfer window Atlético Madrid announced the signings of Toby Alderweireld and Josuha Guilavogui.

The Belgian arrived in Madrid on Sunday to undergo a medical, while Guilavogui went through the procedures a day later.

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?

  • Silchas

    I have discovered that we have a Player name Pepe Guilavogui in our C Team. He is like Josuha Guilavogu from Guinea. So are they relatives or just coincidence?

  • Sam

    For someone who says he is the happiest in the world, Toby looked rather unenthusiastic in that video. Language barrier for sure, but something about him gave of a, “This is a stepping stone. I could be at any club right now” vibe…

  • Martin Rosenow

    Silchas, I spoke to Dani Hidalgo of AS about a possible relationship, and he told me that there is no relation.

    He asked Atleti’s press officer.

    Pure coincidence.

  • My name is Uncle Ruckus, no relation.

    Maybe he sees Atleti as a stepping stone, it’d be a logical step. But Atleti looks like a growing club, so you’ll never know how his feelings towards the club change.
    Now it’s “that team that will probably finish third or fourth again”, but with all these clubs close to falling or rising, everything could change soon.

    Momentarily I don’t see him beating Joao or Diego to a spot, but the latter can be slippery, so he’ll get his chances.
    I just hope he won’t get in the way of Gimenez.

    By the way, is Cabrera still at the club? I wonder how that kid’s grown as of late.

    I don’t really know Guilavogui, I think it’s a sign that Koke will stay in the offensive midfield line for a while, but also that Oliver has some trust from the technical department. Hope he gets new minutes soon.
    Plus, perhaps Simeone thought we could do better than Mario as the box-to-box, who can be great, but also inconsistent.
    And with the heaps of matches and the team’s high pressure game, fresh legs come in very handy.

    Guilavogui and Mario for the one spot and Tiago and Gabi for the other, I’m guessing, with perhaps Koke getting some minutes instead of the latter two in that position, gradually through the season.
    And if Saul does well, Tiago can be replaced more easily in a year.

  • Scott Lind

    Just like Pulido, Cabrera has signed for Real Madrid Castilla.

  • Fred

    Aupa Atleti!

    We’ve added some depth. I think we’re ready to dominate CL and la liga.
    The other Madrid just sold Ozil!
    They’re weaker than last year. We can take em in the league.
    I know it’s optomistic, but we came pretty close last season, and we seem to have strengthened while they weakened.

    We’ll see what happens, but I’m progressively more excited about our team this year.

    Aupa Atleti

  • Ty Gambo

    Oh we lost another one.
    Hopefully they won’t turn out to be stars there. Ha