The one player Atleti should sign this January

Arthur Guisasola pinpoints the perfect match for Atleti's midfield

Is Camacho the right man for the Atleti midfield?

Is Camacho the right man for the Atleti midfield?

The winter transfer season is open and Atleti have already secured fan-favourite, Fernando Torres. The niño is back after a seven-and-a-half year long adventure abroad. Fernando’s arrival meant the departure of Alessio Cerci; the Italian didn’t fit in with the team and his complaints to the press didn’t bring him any more minutes.

However, other than signing Fernando Torres – do Atleti really need to sign anyone else?

Some will say yes and some will say no. I say yes. 33-year-old Tiago isn’t getting any younger and an adequate replacement will be necessary soon. Atleti already has Mario Suárez, but if rumours are to be believed he is on his way out in search of more minutes.

This leaves Cholo with two options. Play Koke alongside Gabi in the middle, or play 20-year-old Saúl alongside Gabi.

While Koke excels in a more defensive and deeper position, he is more threatening from a more offensive position. Saúl is a definite option, but will his age and experience work against him?

Ignacio Camacho is the perfect way to solve the Atlético midfield puzzle.

The 24-year-old Spaniard is an Atleti youth product who transferred to Málaga in 2011 in search of minutes. His surge has been incredible and he is one of the most important players for Málaga this season. Vicente Del Bosque even awarded the man from Zaragoza a call up to the Spanish national team.

Camacho plays in a defensive midfield position and has already won 110 tackles this season for his team. In comparison, Gabi has won 121, Tiago 105 and Mario Suárez 54.

Málaga has lost five matches so far this season and two of those came when Camacho wasn’t on the pitch. Despite his young age he also has a level of maturity; he’s captained Málaga twice this season.

Atlético reportedly turned down the opportunity to buy back Camacho for €5 million 18 months ago, but since then the player has gone from strength to strength. His release clause is reportedly €20 million.

Other than this signing – which could wait until the summer if Mario Suárez sticks around – Atleti really don’t need to strengthen the squad.

Would Camacho be a good signing? Should we have signed him back last year, or has his growth at Málaga proved us right to leave him there?

  • You have an eye of a great manager, Arthur

    First, let me say that Mario will never leave this January, it won’t be a great move neither for the club nor for him, any replacement would need some time -that we don’t have- to adapt with us, even a former Atleti player like Camacho, and Mario will need some time to adapt to any club he leaves to, and he won’t get the minutes he is looking for until the start of next season
    so, he will stay, maybe he finally could convince Simeone, and maybe he could win one more trophy (unless Malena rushes him to go to Milan, one of the world’s fashion capitals)

    Second, I liked Camacho when he was with us, and I believe he should have stayed and given more chances, or at least he should have been loaned, not sold (and for only 1.5 million), but unfortunately, the genius Caminero wasn’t our sport director back then
    Every week I take a look at La Liga statistics table at AS, and Camacho was always at the top of balls recovered table, until this week when he became second to Irureta, with only one less ball

    I said my opinion about Mario many times : since he is a canterano, we should keep him unless we sign a superstar, like Yaya Toure or Xabi Alonso
    Camacho is not Yaya Toure, but he is a canterano, so I would take him as a replacement of Mario
    And having a 20 million as a buyout clause doesn’t mean we have to pay all of it

  • I would sell Mario Suárez and then buy Ignacio Camacho. But maybe buy Camacho for next season and let him stay where he is. It sounds awful to hear that we could have bought him back for €5 million and now he is worth €20 million. But didn’t Simeone let him go? So why would he want him back?

  • it was Quique Flores who let him go, in January 2011

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I hope we do sell Mario Suarez, whoever we bring in should be able to work under Tiago until the end of the season

  • Dircil

    RICARDO ÁLVAREZ, any thought on this guy? he can play as a second striker or attacking midfield! I really love this guy!

  • ringo st gambo

    If Simeone only came before they signed Quique
    I know we won the EL with him, but he destroyed so so much in the meantime
    It wasn’t Quique who got Koke where he is and everyone else is pretty much gone by now because they were pissed off under him
    He pretty much broke the spine of Forlán’s spirit singlehandedly

  • ringo st gambo

    Although Aguirre was first to decide to replace the potentially best DM in the league with Assunçao who had like ten good games and was pretty good at defensive play sometimes, but lost the ball more than he recovered it
    For no reason ending up with Camacho rotting away for three years and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the one turning down the 2013 move.
    I blame Cholo sometimes for not giving cantera many chances but the decade before him was even worse
    Way worse

    Remember when Quique took off 17yo Cedric after one mistake who was on a great streak for Atl B and hasn’t played well for years after?