Rumours: Vietto and Nolito bound for the Calderón?

We look at some of the paper talk surrounding Atleti over the last few days

Celta star Nolito is on Atleti's radar

Celta star Nolito is on Atleti's radar

It’s that time of year again. The transfer window is yet to even officially open, but the sports papers are already packed with rumours surrounding who could be coming in and out this summer.

Fans are used to seeing their best players linked with just about every club under the sun during silly season, but this week it looks like Atleti have made good progress towards completing a few deals of their own.

According to AS, the red and whites have bidded for both Luciano Vietto and Nolito this week, two of La Liga’s surprise stars in the season just gone.

Not just that, but the two players have also come out and publicly declared their desire to play at the Vicente Calderón, which suggests that deals could very well be on the cards.

Vietto in particular is a signing that would make a lot of sense. The 21 year-old knows Simeone well, having made his debut back in 2011 under his stewardship at Argentine side Racing Club.

The Villarreal frontman scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win against his former manager’s side in December, and is apparently the subject of a €20m bid.

“If Atleti pay my buy-out clause, everybody wins,” he said on Friday, and it appears that his wish may have been granted.

However, the Yellow Submarine are not ready to let him go without a fight, and are working on a contract renewal to keep him at El Madrigal for another year. Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly interested as well.

Nolito on the other hand has an €18m release clause, and AS claimed a few days ago that Atleti had made an offer of €10m.

Cholo is keen to bring more goals to the team from midfield next season, and with 27 goals in the last couple of years he is one that certainly looks to fit the bill.

A late bloomer, the Celta Vigo winger has recently broken into the Spanish national team and would supposedly be available for around €14m.

“Who wouldn’t want to play for Atlético?”, he told press in an interview last week.

Of course, should the two moves materialise there would need to be outgoings, and as expected, Griezmann and Mandzukic are already being linked elsewhere.

On Monday, AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani was pictured meeting with Andrea Berta in a Madrilenian restaurant, and admitted that the Croatian striker was one of the topics of discussion. His asking price may be a deterrant for the Rossoneri, but they are not the only club who admire him.

Griezmann is also earning interest most notably from Bayern Munich, as well as the likes of PSG and Chelsea. Atleti sent a delegation to London last week, although it could have been to discuss a possible Alderweireld-Filipe Luís swap, which MARCA hinted at this morning.

The club are already working on an improved contract for the Frenchman with a higher buy-out clause, and it seems much more likely that Mandzukic will be the one who does eventually go.

Also in town this week was Enzo Francescoli, River Plate legend and current sporting director.

Gil Marín met with him earlier in Buenos Aires earlier in the month to discuss the signings upcoming stars Matías Kranevitter and Emmanuel Mammana, and his presence in the Spanish capital suggests that a deal could be close.

Would you be happy with these signings? Could Vietto do a better job at leading the line than Mandzukic?

  • Koke

    Nolito would be an incredible signing imo. He could be the dangerous sub to Arda Turan that we need, or the two could even play together (our frontline badly lacks pace currently imo). There isn’t enough trickery in our squad currently, not many of our players are capable of beating defenders in the final third. Nolito would be excellent.

    This will be an unpopular opinion, but I’m not really into buying Vietto. First of all, he’s only had one good season so far, his breakout season, and we can’t simply assume he’ll continue at this level. He probably will, but not definitely. Second of all, where would he play? He doesn’t strike me as a number 9. He seems to play more in Griezmann’s position, playing in and around the box in support of a more traditional number 9. If (God forbid) Griezmann left us this summer, Vietto would be great, but until then I don’t know if he’s exactly what we need. He’s more of a Griezmann substitute than complement.

    I think Jonathas from Elche would be the perfect striker for us – tall, strong, good in the air, decent dribbler, poacher, hold up play, and most importantly FAST – we can’t bring another slow striker like Mandzukic or else our counterattacks are nullified again. Remember last season when Koke would thread all these through balls for Costa to run onto? We haven’t seen that all season, that’s what we’re missing.

    If not Jonathas, I really like Lacazette. He’s fast, good with the ball at his feet, capable of drifting wide, beating players, and scores goals for fun. Maybe he too is a little too similar to Griezmann, but I think unlike Vietto he is closer to being a pure striker.

  • Koke

    I also think we should look at Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg as our new Left Back. Filipe Luis would be fine but only for a cut-price deal which bitter Mourinho will never give us. If we have to pay 20mil or more for him, he’s too old. Then, bring back Alderweireld and keep one of either Lucas or Velazquez for the 4th centerback. After that, we’d only need one more signing, maybe to replace either Gabi or Tiago.

  • Koke

    Imagine this line-up:




    Mandzukic (25mil)
    Miranda (25mil)
    Mario Suarez (15mil)
    Jimenez (Loan)

    Nolito (15mil)
    Rodriguez (20mil)
    Jonathas (5mil)
    Alderweireld (End of loan)
    Oliver (End of loan)
    Velazquez (End of loan)

    A world class attacking and defensive line up that can both counter attack and keep possession, and we actually gain a surplus in the transfer market!

  • Urban

    No wonder there is a surplus if you expect to get 25 mil for aging Miranda…

    I am also sceptical about Vietto, but on the other hand 20 mln for him in current market is a steal. Nolito also sound nice, but he will not get us anywhere on his own. His role would be mainly supportive.

    There are a lot of clubs willing to buy Mandzu but we will rather keep him than sell him cheap so dont be suprised if you see him wearing red and white again.

    Ricardo Rodriguez would be amazing, but if he is out of reach I could easily settle for Alex Sandro.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Nolito and Vietto are more than welcomed at the calderon
    we are going to be beasts next season