The transfer window is back in full swing as clubs prepare for the 2016/17 season, and although Atlético have been busy so far with three new signings, outgoings are also inevitable.
In the last 48 hours or so, both Léo Baptistão and Jesús Gámez have sealed moves away from the club as their chances of first team football became more and more unlikely.
Brazilian striker Baptistão joins Quique Sánchez Flores’ Atleti-inspired upheaval at Espanyol, following former rojiblancos Jurado, Roberto Jiménez and José Antonio Reyes to the Catalan club.
He leaves on a permanent deal worth around €6m after three loan spells, with reports suggesting there is a buy-back clause that would allow us to bring him back for a set price.
The 23 year-old failed to have the desired impact at the Calderón with just one goal in 16 appearances, although he did score the winner against Cholo’s men last season for Villarreal.
Gámez on the other hand is moving to England, dropping down to the second tier with Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.
Šime Vrsaljko’s arrival and Theo Hernández’s promotion to the first team deemed the versatile full-back surplus to requirements, but despite not being a regular he made a positive impression in his two years at Atlético.
Fans and players alike gave the former Málaga captain a warm send off on social media, and Gámez himself paid tribute to all associated with the club in a heartfelt statement on his twitter page.
“Goodbyes are always sad but, truthfully, I feel proud, grateful and happy to be an Atlético and to have lived these two great years with you. For me and my family, it’s been unforgettable.” he said.
Neither player began pre-season training with the rest of the squad on Thursday, given permission to look for a new club along with Sílvio and Alessio Cerci, who are also set to depart in the coming weeks.