Promising young midfielders on Atleti’s radar?

AS reporting Atleti trying to tie up Tielemans and have interest in Xhaka

Tielemans and the 2014 best newcomer award

Tielemans and the 2014 best newcomer award

Just a week after Atlético’s sporting director spoke out about the return of several loaned out players, rumours have been popping up about future Atlético Madrid signings. No, not Cavani. And no, not Reus.

The 22-year-old Swiss superstar Granit Xhaka is apparently a top transfer target for los Rojiblancos. Atlético Madrid has reportedly made an offer of €25 million to Borussia Monchengladbach for the promising midfielder. It is well known that Atlético need to reinforce their midfield, as neither Gabi and Tiago are getting any younger.

In an interview with Bild, Xhaka confirmed Atlético’s interest. “I’ve heard of Atlético’s interest, but right now I’m not paying any attention to it. I’m focusing on Gladbach,” he said.

The midfielder is a regular starter for Monchengladbach coach, Lucien Favre. The only times he didn’t play were due to injury or suspension.

Along with Xhaka, AS reported that Atlético are trying to tie up the Belgian top-talent, Youri Tielemans.

The 17-year-old set the Belgian league alight when he began playing for RSC Anderlecht’s first team at just 16.

Tielemans plays as a central midfielder and he is a top European prospect in his position. His contract with Anderlecht expires in 2016.

In the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, the midfielder has played all but one match for Anderlecht. He also featured in all six Champions League group matches.

These two midfielders join former Atlético youth player, Ignacio Camacho as possible transfer targets for the 2015 summer transfer window.

What do you think about Xhaka and Tielemans?


  • iamfaried

    Remember I recomended signing him and Zivkovic on Twitter months back?
    I tend to have an eye for talent. I should be one Atléti’s scouting team! Haha

    Anyway, it would be great to have him on the team. Tireless and consistent midfielder, just what Simeone needs to replace an aging Gabi.

  • Chewie

    Our scouting staff is doing a terrific job. It’s up to the management and the players to find a compromise. I would only support buying anyone who’s young, good and has such a cool name.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Probable team next season??
    4-3-3
    Oblak
    Juanfran- Godin- Gimenez- Siquiera/Ansaldi
    Xhaka-Koke
    Arda
    Griezmann- dybala- reus
    One can dream right