The winter transfer window may have slammed shut at the end of January, but there is no end to the business of transfer speculation. Today’s rumours focus on possible arrivals at the Vicente Calderón – and what arrivals they would be!
Both are Spaniards currently plying their trade in the Premier League. But are either players realistic targets?
The most outlandish of these rumours is the apparent interest in signing Juan Mata from Manchester United. The midfielder has struggled to nail down a regular place in United’s starting XI since his arrival from Chelsea, and looks set to continue under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal.
What makes the transfer less likely, is that Mata arrived for a fee of €45 million only a year ago – a club record for Manchester United at the time.
While it would be a real coup to add Juan Mata into the Atlético midfield, it seems unlikely given the enormity of the fee we would have to pay. Any deal would also see Koke move in the opposite direction.
This looks like more and more of a case of filling the columns of a newspaper – especially as Mata was also linked with Barcelona today in Mundo Deportivo.
Also on Atleti’s radar, not for the first time, is ex-Villarreal player Santi Cazorla, currently shining in England with Arsenal. This rumour is an intriguing one.
The 30-year-old was linked with Atleti back in 2011, before he decided to sign with super-rich Malaga for €21 million. Just a year later, he was moving to London.
Spanish Radio station Cadena COPE are reporting that Atlético have agreed personal terms with the player, who was also heavily linked with a move to the Vicente Calderón in August.
Cazorla admitted back then that he had no idea what was happening, but it’s now being reported by Antonio Ruiz that a move is in the works.
Now the midfielder has said ‘yes’ to Atleti, and is waiting for the two clubs to agree a fee. Cazorla’s current contract expires in 2016.
This is coming from the same journalist that confirmed the Diego Costa and Filipe Luis moves out of Atleti.
Arsenal fans will want to believe that the rumours are just that – rumours. Especially as Cazorla has been named Player of the Month for January, and was captain as Arsenal beat Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
However it wouldn’t be surprising if now was the right time for Cazorla to swap his London home for a one-way ticket to Madrid – and the attraction of playing for Atlético at the moment can’t be understated.
Which of the two rumours do you see as the most realistic? Would you be happy to see either player join?
Do you think any of them will happen?