Atlético looking at offensive reinforcements

José Callejón, Ibrahim Afellay and the unknown Robin Ngalande all linked to Atleti

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Last week we reported Atlético’s interest in Ibrahim Afellay, who will be out of contract in the summer.

But AS reports we might make a move for the PSV captain earlier than expected, as we have targeted him as a possible reinforcement during the January transfer window.

Selling Afellay in January is PSV’s last opportunity to gain a transfer fee, although they will be reluctant to go into the second half of the season without their star player.

Our Sports Director García Pítarch reportedly sees Afellay as a good replacement for Jurado, whose departure has left Quique Sánchez Flores with few offensive options.

Sevilla, HSV and various Italian clubs are interested in signing Afellay, but will have to keep in mind that the playmaker is cup tied in this year’s Europa League.

Another player AS links us with is Espanyol’s José Callejón. The versatile forward seems on the verge of breaking through in la Liga this season and has some admirers in the offices at the Vicente Calderón.

Callejón is also considered as a replacement for José Manuel Jurado. When Jurado left for Schalke 04, Atlético actually considered moving for the Espanyol striker, but were left without enough time to make a move happen before the transfer deadline.

Earlier in the summer Getafe were close to signing the Espanyol player, according to Catalan paper Sport.

Atlético estimate that Callejón, who is a Real Madrid youth product, will cost near €5.5m. Earlier this season Callejón showed his quality when he scored against us in the Trofeo Ramón de Carranza.

A prospect already signed?

We must admit we can’t tell if this source is credible, but SuperSport reports that Atleti has signed 18-year old Robin Ngalande from Mamelodi Sundowns in Malawi.

The young striker impressed during an international U19 tournament in Madrid and was offered a contract by Atlético last week.

There was also interest from Manchester City, Villarreal and Lazio, but Ngalande chose to play for Atlético. He will join the club as soon as he receives his work permit, although it’s unclear to us what team he’ll join.

Atlético don’t exactly have a succesful history with young Africans, but hopefully Ngalande will be able to continue his development in our youth ranks.

  • Ringo Schut

    Well, there’s still a chance Cédric turns out to be a successful member of our squad in a few years, he’s African.

    What will Afellay cost?
    I guess PSV will look to what they could earn without selling him.
    I’m guessing €4-5 million will be enough, but it’s really hard to guess things like this

  • I’m a sports journalist from Malawi where the young striker Robin Ngalande comes from in Africa. You see to doubt if he will succeed at Atletico…may you cite the other African players who failed to succeed?

  • Derek Maaijen

    Hey Peter! I was referring to El Caso de Negritos, you should try to look it up on the internet. Here‘s an interesting article on it in Spanish.

    A while back we also signed a promising striker from Ghana, Sadick Adams, but he failed to make it in our B-team.

    However, we currently do have some interesting African players. Cédric Mabwati and Ibrahima Baldé are “loaned out” to Numancia and show a lot of promise, while Jarjú and Ndoye are two other Africans in our B-team.

    A couple of months ago AS also had a feature on an African kid who had helped his Atlético team win an important international tournament, but I’m afraid I’ve forgotten his name.

    The future for these Africans seems bright, and if Ngalande does join I hope he’ll be able to find his feet in Spain. Every club here hopes to find the new Eto’o.

  • Ringo Schut

    wasn’t that little Obama an African player?

  • Derek Maaijen

    Thanks Ringo, he’s the one I meant. Salomon Obama.

  • Good..Robin should be in Spain by now…if you are in spain u should know the latest development and lets share