Jurado sale helped balance the books

The deal offset overall summer expenditures

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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?


  • Edletico

    I dont think that he was sold to balance the books. The offer was too good to refuse so they accpeted it and as they had no time in the market remaining a don’t think he wanted to jump into a panic buy. Instead we have a strong squad at the moment and we have 4 places left in the squad to fill in January if needed plus the non-Eu players will be nationalised so we can get some players from Brazil or Argentina

  • Derek Maaijen

    Don’t forget the Argentine we already have under contract, Ed! One Eduardo Salvio 😉

  • Edletico

    Yeah I know we have him, he is one of my favourite players. But he is away for the year and so is cabrera so for the year we have 4 spaces in the squad and soon 2 non Eu places so we can buy 4 players if needed hopefully a young argentine striker and left wnger to create an amazing strikeforce in the future including Aguero and Salvio. Plus we can loan out them again. At the moment all things are on the up

  • Ringo Schut

    At first it seems like Jurado’s sell isn’t so bad, maybe even good, however, he could bring something extra when subbed on, like he did in the semi-final against Liverpool.

    I hope that Fran Mérida could be just as good or even better, he has the potential to and was great in pre-season.

    Hopefully we won’t need Jurado, like against Internazionale 🙂

    We’ll have to look this few months if Perea and Mérida are good enough, otherwise we might be forced to loan a winger. Not buy, we have Keko, Salvio and perhaps even Cédric and Pacheco back in a year. Furthermore, Gallegos might make some big steps, so we have enough talent to not be forced to buy someone like Arda.

    Extremely optimistic fans, like me, even have hopes that Gallegos might make the steps very fast! 😉

  • It was the right decision to sell him, although I dont believe that finances were the main reason (since his sale wasnt even planned, it happened only because shalke’s offer came in). The main reasons were the fact that Jurado surely wanted to go (for wages, first team spot, Champions Legaue) and that we actually have enough cover for his position (for example I guess we wouldnt sell Kun on the last thay even if a great offer came in since we would have no replacement for him).

    We should watch closely how our yout department provides us with players for the bands, but anyways I would love to see Gio Dos Santos or Pedro Leon coming in for Simao next summer.

    Especially the first one seems to be great perspective, with tottenham likely to get rid of him (so many offensive midfielders, like Lennon, Bale, Krajncar, VDV, Modric, Bentley ) and his rapidly increasing skill. He also has La Lige experience and sourly would love to prove something in spain. Would be just perfect. Pedro Leon could also be a good aption even after he wasted one year of his career at SB.

  • atleti from kuwait

    I disagree with you about tottenhams players , I love too see Santi Cazorla with us as soon as possible cuz honestly he is the best player for atletico and if we have him we can do magic belive me 🙂

  • Ringo Schut

    I don’t know who fits best in our play, because I haven’t seen those player in an Atleti shirt.

    They wouldn’t be the first player to fail at Atlético Madrid…

  • Edletico

    I think that for a player to fit into the Atleti system of wingers they need to be quick, skillful and able to pass. It is essential that Simao, Reyes and others sign new contracts otherwise we will have to build a new team next year and that can’t be good considering the recent success

  • Mohammed

    May be Quaresma could re-invent himself at Atletico. His market value has plummeted in comparison to his 25 million price tag.

  • Mert

    he’s been great for Besiktas recently i dont see them getting rid of him

  • NiñoTorres

    Really hope we never have to play Valera at right wing! I think we will probably try and sign a new attacking player in January, judging by the fact that we made late offers for Arda and VdV. I have faith in Fran Mérida and Alberto Perea, but I still think we will need another proven winger, especially as Reyes and Simão’s contracts expire in the summer. Cazorla would be a great player for our team if he could stay fit, or maybe someone a bit more direct like Chori Castro. Hopefully the club has someone in mind 🙂

  • Martin Rosenow

    In case you haven’t heard, the offer for Arda Turan was disgracefully a false one, done as a favor for Turan’s agent. There was no real interest from Atleti.

    Gil Marin confessed to it and said he only offered for him because he was guaranteed that the offer would be rejected, and that it was a favor for agent Jorge Mendes who is good friends with Arda’s agent Ahmet Bulut.

  • Mohammed

    If it’s a favor, why did he confess?!! He blew that favor away. He’s stupid btw.

  • Martin Rosenow

    He was upset that they published the fax, something he wasn’t expecting at all, and that forced him to explain things.