Simeone talks Tevez, Vietto and Filipe Luis

Our boss confirms interest and moves for various players

<> at Bernabeu on April 22, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

When Cholo talks about players, it’s because he means business.

Last July, Cholo amid all the rumours about Atletico signing Griezmann, practically confirmed the signing by talking explicitly about the player.

When Cholo gives names, the transfer is bound to happen or he is begging for the player.

Despite the tradition of selling top players and replacing them season after season, Cholo is confident that this season will be a season of reinforcing the team and not rebuilding.

For Cholo, just having talent doesn’t cut it. The Argentine wants talent, sacrifice and most of all that the player is a warrior.

After weeks of rumours, Cholo confirmed that Atleti is in for Tevez, Vietto, Filipe Luis, Kranevitter and Mammana.

“I haven’t spoken to Carlos [Tevez], but I know the club is speaking with his agent,” said Cholo in an interview with AS. “He would be an ideal reinforcement for how football is played in Atlético Madrid.”

Another name that has been popping up for a while is Luciano Vietto. While manager at Racing Club, Cholo gave the youngster his debut.

The rumors began after Villarreal visited the Calderon, a match Vietto scored the 0-1 winner for the ‘submarino amarillo’, and Vietto posted a photo of him and Simeone on Twitter with the caption, “I’ll always be thankful!”

A few days ago, COPE broke the news that Atleti will pay 22 million euros for the youngster and that the signing would be completed soon.

Earlier today, Marca reported the supposed wages Vietto would get, 1 million after taxes during his first season with an incremental rise to 2.5 million. The contract would be for five years.

“We’re close [to signing him],” said Cholo. “I’m counting on him for next season because he’s a footballer who, in my opinion, has amazing characteristics. He reminds me a lot of David Villa.”

But the team isn’t just in need of strikers. A midfielder and possibly a left-back is needed too.

A position that wasn’t properly replaced last season is where Filipe Luis used to play, left back.

The Brazilian left Atleti for Chelsea, but has rarely played for the Blues, so rumours have it that he will come back to Atleti.

Many fans hold a grudge against Filipe Luis, but can he be forgiven? Marca ran an article yesterday saying that Filipe rejected an offer from Real Madrid.

Sure, it’s possible that he actually did reject an offer from our neighbours, but it’s likely that there never was an offer.

Atleti’s Public Relations team is surely trying to make Atleti fans forgive the 29-year-old in hopes of a possible return. A player rejecting Real Madrid? That’ll surely make us like him a bit again, no?

The rumours seem to be true though – not that he rejected Madrid – but that Atleti (or Cholo) want him.

“He’s a player that we love a lot as a person and he knows us well. He’s given so much for the club. Hopefully the transfer works out,” said Cholo.

It’s going to be a busy summer, but for once it actually seems like the fans are waiting for the days to pass to see if the club has made any signings and not departures like we’re so used to.

Times are changing for Atleti. Europe, we’re back.

  • It seems to me that Cholo was fine with the 3rd place and quarter finals finish last year, but this coming year, he means business and wants to win everything. I would really like to see a UCL trophy in the Atleti museum.
    As for the Luis signing, at this time, I don’t see anyone better than Luis. Does anyone think, for the same price, Atletico could find another good defensive winger like him? I think Guilherme Siqueira has potential, but bringing in Luis as a mentor for a year, may do the trick.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Filipe is only 8 months older than Siqueira, and they have been good friends since they were 13 when they played together at the academy of Figueirense in Brazil, so there is no way one of them can be a mentor for the other, and Siqueira is 29, so he can’t be mentored any more .. maybe we can say that they could have a healthy competition between each other .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I hold a grudge against Filipe, I’ve never hidden that and I don’t find any shame in it
    He had a press conference before he left and said : ” I’m not leaving for the money, I’m leaving for a new challenge and a different experience ” , so, if he doesn’t like it at Chelsea he could search for another “new challenge and a different experience” at Arsenal or Man Utd or Man City or Bayern or Juventus, after all, he is represented by Jorge Mendes, the greatest agent of all times, OR, he can apologize and say ” I was wrong, I left for the money but I realized that there are more important things in life ”

    HOWEVER, and even if he didn’t apologize – and I don’t think he will – if he came back,
    I will have no choice but to welcome him in open arms, I mean this is not Callejon -for example- whom I will never accept and if we signed him I would whistle and boo him whenever he touches the ball, this is Filipe Luis, one of the greatest figures in our history, not just a great player, but a great person as well who loved and still love this club, well, not as much as Juanfran, Godin, Koke or Arda do, but it still a big love

    BUT let’s put the emotions aside, there are 2 very important points :

    1- We should not pay the same amount of money Chelsea paid us for him last summer, rather than paying more !! .. that will be outrageous

    2- Filipe will turn 30 next August and Siqueira will turn 30 next April, and the fullback is an exhausting position, we need a young LB, especially that we are under the threat of a transfer ban and that we are not sure that Filipe will be the same player who left a year ago .. even if we signed Filipe, we still have to look for another young promising LB and loan him with an option of repurchase in case we got sanctioned, because the ban doesn’t prohibit getting your loanees back .

  • Ringo

    I think people are forgetting that Siquera isn’t a young player. I, too, have forgotten this numerous times this season, haha. Somehow it feels like he’s a 22 year old prospect, but, obviously, he’s not.

    I would welcome back Filipe, he tried something else and it didn’t work out as planned (although his first season at Atleti wasn’t all too great either). I guess he’d feel at home here, since he’d be returning instead of being a new player. Still hope we’ll be able to find a young left back to take his place in two or three years.

    Tévez could be nice, but only if both Mandzukic and Jimenez depart. Otherwise we’d have too many strikers. I’m guessing Vietto is a certainty. Haven’t really followed him, but apparently he’s talented.