Having signed their new number nine last week in Kevin Gameiro, operación salida is now underway as Atlético look to find moves away for some of the fringe players.
One of those is Gameiro’s compatriot Theo Hernández, who has agreed a one-year loan deal with La Liga new boys and our opening day opponents Alavés.
Before making the move to the Basque country, the 18 year-old put pen to paper on a new five-year contract with the rojiblancos, which will keep him at the club as a first team player until 2021.
Theo has been one of the sensations of pre-season so far, impressing at left-back whilst on the tour of Australia and attracting widespread interest from teams in La Liga.
Despite spending the previous campaign in between the fourth tier and División de Honor youth league – where he won a league and cup double – the young Frenchman looks ready to make the step up.
Brother Lucas has already cemented his place in Simeone’s plans after his showings in the Champions League earlier in the year, and Theo will get a chance to make a name for himself in 2016/17.
Both brothers are left-footers, although Theo is a more natural full-back with great physical potence, energy and a hunger to attack. Lucas can play out wide, but is more accustomed to the central position.
The two played alongside each other for the first time in our friendlies against Numancia and Melbourne Victory, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them go on to lead our defence together for years to come.
Joining Theo at Alavés could be Uruguayan defender Emiliano Velázquez, who has spent the last two years at Getafe. Óliver Torres is also in line for a return to Porto where he enjoyed a successful spell in 2014/15.
Borja Bastón has interest from England, and is set to be loaned or sold with an option to repurchase along with the likes of Javier Manquillo, Bernard Mensah, Diogo Jota and Rafael Santos Borré.
Meanwhile, Alessio Cerci was back at Atleti’s training complex on Wednesday as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury. With a year still left on his contract, his immediate future is unclear.
Is this a good move in your view? What do you make of the Borja and Óliver situations?