After José Sosa’s arrival it appeared Diego Simeone had a full squad available to pursue three titles in the remainder of the 2013-2014 season.
But on the final day of the January transfer window Atleti’s directors were still busy wheeling and dealing. At the end of the day, Atleti completed three temporary moves that sees one of Cholo’s biggest wishes finally fulfilled.
Ever since Diego Ribas left Atlético after his first loan spell in Madrid, which ended with the Brazilian scoring in our 3-0 UEFA Europa League win over Athletic Club, the coach has firmly requested the return of the playmaker. On Friday the Rojiblancos and VFL Wolfsburg finally agreed on a deal, which means Diego will complete the season in Madrid before entering free agency in the summer.
With the return of Diego, the likes of Óliver Torres and Josuha Guilavogui had become expendable at the Vicente Calderón. The young Spaniard will join Villarreal until the end of the campaign, while the Frenchman moves on loan to St. Etienne.
Returning to St. Etienne was the only possible exit for Josh, as he wasn’t allowed to play for a third club within twelve months after already appearing for Saint Etienne and Atlético this year.
None of the loan deals include options to buy, so the duo is expected to return to the squad after the summer, hopefully with some more games and experience under their belt.
Diego’s arrival gives Simeone a number of options in midfield and up front. Which players do you believe make for our strongest XI?