Despite the ever-growing list of names being linked with Atlético in the winter transfer window, Rojiblanco club officials assured MARCA that the team “doesn’t need anyone else,” and that no signings will be made in the upcoming winter transfer market.
“Unless someone gets seriously injured or something strange happens, we have no need to sign anyone in January. It’s almost impossible to find players available that will immediately improve the current makeup of the squad,” said an unnamed club source.
“Barring any serious injuries, we will not be making any moves in the winter market.”
According to the report, in the next three months Atleti scouts will be looking to discover bargain youngsters between the ages of 17 and 20 throughout South America. The scouts will be attending several U-20 tournaments in Brazil, Argentina and Peru in their search for the next Diego Costa or Leandro Cabrera.
The plan would be to sign diamonds in the rough at a low price and develop them in Spain much like what was done with the Brazilian Costa in the past, and what is now being done with the Uruguayan Cabrera, currently out on loan with Recreativo Huelva.
In January of this year, Atlético sporting director Jesús García Pitarch signed Argentine striker Eduardo Salvio from Lanús for a transfer fee of €10m. The fee was quite hefty considering that the 20-year old never really broke into the lineup, and was then sent out on loan to Benfica in the summer.
Though the jury is still out on whether or not Salvio will eventually prove to be worth his cost, Los Colchoneros won’t want to take any more risks of that nature. The directors feel that the players currently available at an affordable price in the market don’t have the quality to don the red and white shirt.
If the club doesn’t sign anyone in January, it seems set on taking a chance on the cantera. It’s no secret that Atleti is thin up front, however the impending return of Borja González and the availability of Alberto Perea may be enough to shore up the attack through the summer.
On the defensive side of things, central defender Jorge Pulido awaits the call to regular first team action. The Spanish youth international made his official debut with the first team against Universidad Las Palmas in Copa del Rey competition on the 10 November, but has since returned to the Atlético B side.
Do you think a January signing is necessary or do you feel that our canteranos can provide enough support for the rest of the season?