With a league title under our belt and a magical run to the Champions League final, it was no surprise that a host of Europe’s top clubs came knocking for Atleti’s players this summer.
Some of them, like Filipe Luis and Diego Costa, decided to swap the Manzanares for pastures new, whereas others, like Juanfran and Koke, decided to stick with a team that had given them the opportunity to shine.
When the summer transfer window slammed shut, Atlético fans breathed a sigh of relief knowing that Simeone’s men had strengthened well and that the worse of the departures was behind us.
However with December now upon us, the rumour mill is churning again and it seems that a number of our players are again being linked with a move abroad.
The biggest so far is the reported interest of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal in Diego Godín, one of the best defenders in the world over the last few seasons.
A very public release clause of €36 million looks to be tempting the hand of Van Gaal into bidding for our Uruguyan centre-back, despite Godín being under contract at the Calderón until 2018.
A report in the Telegraph today talks of United’s interest in one of our defensive leaders – but would Diego even want to leave?
You would have to ask whether he would swap the chance to retain the Spanish title, and continue one of the most successful periods in recent Atleti history, for a club struggling to make it into the Champions League.
Now in his eighth season in Spanish football, Godín has been a key part of Simeone’s success. But should he depart, do we have a ready made replacement available in his compatriot José Giménez?
The youngster certainly deserves more playing time, and he’s impressed after stepping in for Miranda while the Brazilian is out through injury.
Should we take €36 million for the 28-year-old Godín? It would be a huge profit on a player we bought for around €11 million.
Or should we say enough is enough, stump up the cash to raise his buy-out clause, and watch him partner Miranda until one of them can’t play any longer?