Last Tuesday, German side Schalke 04 came in and snatched away midfielder José Manuel Jurado for a fee of €11m, binding itself to an additional €2m if certain objectives are met. While the deal set us back a bit in a sporting sense, economically, the transaction helped to balance Atlético accounts.
With the purchases of Godín and Filipe, the buy-backs of Diego Costa and Mario Suárez and Tiago’s lease renewal, Atleti’s summer expenditures amounted to €28.3m as reported by El Mundo Deportivo.
This figure was largely offset by our outgoing transfers. The sales of Roberto and Jurado, along with Salvio’s one-year loan to Benfica, totaled €21.5m. That sum does not include the potential €2m in incentives included in the Jurado deal which, if met, would boost total income from this past transfer market up to €23.5m, and bring down the team’s total investment to roughly €5m.
Many rojiblanco fans lamented Jurado’s transfer to Germany, as the Andalusian seemed to be on the cusp of breaking into Quique’s starting XI. The 24-year old would frequently be called upon by his coach late in matches to spur the attack, and was effectively deployed in the final stages of last season’s Europa League.
The leading candidates to replace the former Real Madrid man are rumoured to be Fran Mérida and Alberto Perea. Quique recently told the club’s official website that Juan Valera and Filipe Luís could also fulfill the midfield flank role.
Please share your thoughts. Do you think Jurado’s sale was a good idea? Who do you see as his best replacement?