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.