Mario Suárez linked strongly with departure

Santi looks at the future of one of our most controversial players

Mario Suarez set for Atleti exit?

Mario Suarez set for Atleti exit?

He’s been a fixture in Atlético squads for years now, but in recent weeks there have been rumours of Mario Suarez wanting to leave the club in search of more playing time. 

Gianluca Di Marzio, an extremely reliable football journalist regarding transfers, has confirmed that Inter Milan are indeed negotiating with Atlético Madrid. The Italian club offered French player Mb’vila in a possible deal, but Atlético refused. Now they are rumoured to be working towards a loan with a mandatory option to buy.

However AS have reported that Suárez will at least stay until the summer – but should we look to cash in now?

It is true that Atlético has the central midfield spot pretty well covered, with Gabi and Tiago as starters, alongside Saúl and Koke who can play there comfortably.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should let Mario leave, and even more so without a replacement on hand. Especially in January.

Most of the criticism going his way is due to his inconsistency on the pitch. One day he stands out for being one of the best players and the next he’s nowhere to be seen, barely passing the ball forward.

One thing that most fans (me included) appreciate is his love for the club and how important he is in the dressing room.

But should the canterano leave this window – and Inter aren’t the only club in for him, with Arsenal also linked – who are the possible replacements?

Camacho: Having already played for Atlético Madrid, he might be one of the best options. Not only has this been the defensive midfielder’s breakthrough season with Malaga, he also is young and wouldn’t be too expensive.

De Jong: This brilliant player only has 6 months left on his contract with Milan. Despite being 30 years old, this might be a great opportunity for our club to take.

Medel: Most football fans fell in love with him after seeing his performance at the World Cup, but he is still going strong and a stand out player at Inter Milan. Nicknamed “The Pitbull”, he would fit into Simeone’s way of seeing the game perfectly.

Krychowiak: The Pole has proved to be an excellent player in the first half of the season for Sevilla and would be a great addition to any team.

Would you be content to see Mario Suarez leave the club now or in the summer? Or are you convinced he should have a place within our squad?

  • Urban

    Mario is not the level we need and even his ability to raise above his own limits in the most important games does not make up for it.

    In general, we already have a squad for a couple of years with the only exception being two pivot positions and our full backs.

    Mario may go, and Gabi and Tiago are not getting any younger and I think our management needs to look for two and not one player to fill their shoes.

    Camacho seems to be a natural candidate and a perfect fit. However, I have no idea on what basis does Santi claim he would not be too expensive. He recently signed a new deal with malaga and his buy-out clause is 20 mln. I hardly see any reason Malaga would be interested in negotiating with us.

    I dont like neither De Jong nor Medel, in my opinion they are just two brutes and they dont contribute enough in build up .

    As a Pole I would love to see Krychowiak playing for us. He has the heart, he has the attitude and the work rate. What he does not have is technique and vision, so should he come compated to quite versatile Gabi and Tiago we could have problems with ball distribution in the midfield. And again his current value is around 20 mln.

    Problem is currently in football full backs and pivots are most sought after and difficult to cast positions.

  • Kaminero

    Lucas Leiva has also been mentioned as a replacement for Mario. I think the problem with Camacho is that he didn’t leave Atlético in the best of terms with the club. Of course, time may have healed those wounds.