Rumour round-up part 2: Strikers wanted

Fans dreaming of Lukaku, Vela, Cazorla, Mandžukić and Vidal

Mandžukić wants out of German champions

Mandžukić wants out of German champions

In our second part of our transfer round-up, we look at the candidates to strengthen our forward line and midfield areas for the coming season ahead of the wholesale changes anticipated.

José Sosa, who’s parent club Metalist Atleti have supposedly not even contacted regarding a permanent transfer, Diego Ribas and David Villa are definitely off, and the departures of World Cup stars Diego Costa and Cristian Rodríguez are more than likely.

However, Ángel Correa is on board and although linked with a move out on loan to help adapt to Spanish football, could hopefully be a sign of things to follow in the market and maybe, just maybe, some long-term thinking from the club. We can dream, right?

We played them off the pitch back in April, but it looks like four of the 11 that inspired a famous win against Chelsea could be plying their trade at Stamford Bridge next year. All will need replacing. Costa leaves the biggest hole up top. Filipe Luís, Tiago, and, as things stand, Thibaut Courtois will all be joining him in south-west London.

However, one Chelsea player has been strongly linked in the other direction, the main sources in Spain and England all agreeing that Belgian sensation Romelu Lukaku is the man chosen to lead the line next year. Sadly though, only a temporary move looks possible which takes a lot of the excitement away, and seems a typically incomprehensible decision from the Rojiblanco hierarchy should it not at least include an option to buy.

AS say that may be because we are actually saving up for a star signing, whom they suggest could be Arturo Vidal at the request of Simeone, but even the more optimistic amongst us may find that a little far-fetched. The much more affordable Ivan Rakitić now appears to be out of our grasp too, the Croatian off to Barcelona instead.

Roberto Gómez from Marca revealed on Tuesday that the club have now turned to former Valencia man Tino Costa to re-inforce the midfield, possibly on yet another loan deal for a couple of seasons as he is said to be unsettled at Spartak Moscow. Logically he would replace Tiago, although with this club you never know. Wonderkid Saúl Ñíguez may also stay next season as back-up.

Aside from Lukaku, links to Soldado and Negredo won’t go away, and another ex-Madridista, Napoli’s José Callejon, has entered the fray. We’re sure that Bayern forward Mario Mandžukić’s request to leave the German champions won’t have gone unnoticed in the Calderón either, although nothing substantial has made the news.

Marca said last week that Carlos Vela had been subject of a highly tempting offer, although our good friend Dani Hidalgo at AS refuted the claim. Since then, Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has come out and said that Arsenal will exercise a €4m buy-back option they have on the Mexican, and could either keep him or opt to sell him on for a higher fee.

Staying with the Gunners, Santi Cazorla has been sounded out as a pricey €22m alternative, although a transfer window doesn’t pass without a customary story linking him with Atleti.

Arda and Koke will most likely stay put and have both made their intentions clear, although will of course continually be linked with moves to the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United regardless. Chances are we will also see Juanfran, Gabi, Raúl García and Godín lining up in red and white past the summer, but anything can happen between now and September 1st. We all know what to expect if any of their buy-out clauses are activated.

Any rumours that you particularly like or don’t like? Which players haven’t we heard about that you would like Atleti to sign? Can the squad be complete before the start of the season?

  • Kris

    To answer the first question; I don’t like rumours about any of our players leaving.
    Billy, to answer your second question; I would like for us to sign Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Posible o no?
    To answer your third question; I don’t believe in a complete squad. There’s no team in the world with a COMPLETE squad. I thought Bayern was complete last year, but really, it wasn’t and we saw it.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I hate rumors, I couldn’t care less about rumors, and I don’t discuss rumors
    I just wanted to give you an example about how ridiculous can they be,
    in Mundo Deportivo, according to report from England, Man Utd find the 30m for Miranda a lot, instead they will offer Atleti five million, plus 3 of their “cast off” players : Chicharito, Nani & anderson

    This kind of business (if we can call it business) can never be done between Wigan & Gijon, rather than 2 giants clubs like Man Utd & Atleti

  • BlasiusMagnus

    that 3 players worth 3 million. i really hope none of them come.
    u can see there that mendes made some really good (NOT!) signings for manu too. they payed a lot of cash for both nani and anderson, but they didnt worth that much. also there was that bebé guy.
    manu had sir alex on the bench, yet they had to bow to mendes.

  • Khairul Anshary Md

    I’m with you Ahmad. I can’t stand rumuors either as they can get pretty ridiculous sometimes. Remember what happened to Falcao last season; rumoured to have signed for Chelsea all season and then ending up at Monaco. That’s just one example.
    I have nothing against English clubs but there is a certain kind of bias when it comes to reporting on these rumours. In the media’s eyes, its always the English clubs that are at the centre of it all. That annoys me to no end.
    Usually this is the part of the season where i switch off and wait for the official announcements. I do wish though this website doesn’t report too much on these rumours. Cuz rumours are just talk. No matter how much we speculate, they would still be just nothing but rumours. The amount of speculation we make changes nothing but merely sets the stage for disappointment.
    So, for me, rather than get my hopes up and get disappointed when i don’t see Messi Neymar Ronaldo and Pele wearing the red and white before the end of the transfer window, i would just sit here quietly, twiddle my thumbs and wait for the official club announcements.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Why don’t they see themselves the center of it all ?!
    They can never forget that they were the ones who invented, football, and maybe they also invented journalism, and it is in English, the first language in the world, and they have a lot of money, not just in one club like in Germany, or two clubs like in Spain & France, but at least in 6 clubs

    if that doesn’t make you see yourself the center of the “football universe” then at least you must see it a big opportunity to make some cash by selling more copies of your papers after felling them with loads of these rumors crap

    I can’t blame them .. I only can blame those who are interested in their bullshit

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    valuing them with 3 million is a little harsh,
    I would say they worth 10 million,
    12 for Chicharito, 2 for Nani & -4 for Anderson !

  • urban

    Rumours are rumours, but loaning Lukaku is just plain retarded

  • Chewie

    I won’t be against Higuain or Callejon or any other player who can score 20+ goals, is not linked with Mendez and will stay with us for 2-3 seasons without bitching about salary, WC call-ups etc.

    I bet those who love statistics can easily make a list of all the players in the world that fit such a description so we could have a more pointed discussion. If we exclude all players who worth more than 30 million, who earn more than 5 million, who are loyal to their clubs and skeptcial about Spain and Atletico in particular, then we’ll have about 10 candidates, I believe, who could possibly join our triumphant squad. Maybe more if we count the Latin American footballers.

  • Brad

    Especially if it means getting less for someone who is leaving permanently to Chlesea

  • epoy

    If it was in football manager, i will take the offer and run. That is how overrated their players are.