It’s approaching the time of the year again when all logic, sense and reasoning go out of the window, and we’re left foaming at the mouth as rumours of potential signings dominate the back (and sometimes front) pages of the world’s sporting press.
Atlético, after the title-winning season last year, were always going to be linked with players far and wide, but there was one particular player that popped up repeatedly last summer that flew under the radar a little bit – Chelsea’s World Cup winner André Schürrle.
Atleti fans would have hoped that our transfer dealings with Chelsea were behind us, after a summer that saw not one, but three players swap the red and white of Atlético for the blue of Jose Mourinho’s men. (We’re counting Courtois, who was technically theirs anyway. We were lucky not to lose Tiago too.)
But you’ve got to hope that these continued negotiations with the London club will bear some fruits for Atlético somewhere down the line – and this could potentially come in the form of ‘first-option’ on designated players who could possibly be leaving Stamford Bridge.
Following a start to season riddled with niggling injuries, the 24-year-old German is not an automatic starter under Jose Mourinho, instead preferring Eden Hazard, on occasion supporting Diego Costa up front.
This could mean that Schürrle might be on the way out, and reports today suggest that Chelsea are looking to offload him. Whether as a makeweight in an attempted bid to sign Marco Reus (with whom we’ve been linked as well), or as a way of raising funds to sign another star player, it’s unclear.
However you can bet that Atleti have got one-eye on developments with Schürrle, especially with the growing consensus that this may be Arda Turan’s last season in red and white.
I would be all in favour of a move to sign the young forward. He’s a player that reminds me very much of Antoine Griezmann in terms of his ability and potential, and to see those two players on opposite wings would give Atleti fans worldwide a pairing to drink to.
Not only this, but the work-rate and speed Schürrle would provide could very well settle Atleti’s biggest dilemma at the moment – how do we move the ball forward quickly on the counter? Simeone seems insistent on not trying Alessio Cerci.
Other clubs that have an eye on Schürrle include Liverpool, Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Schalke.
However, Atleti fans have got to hope that our apparent transfer-pact with Chelsea will bear some fruit for us eventually.
Would you be happy with signing Schürrle? Do you think it’s a possibility? Do we need players in other positions, or are we stocked up?