Rumour Roundup

Málaga looking at our players while we continue the search for a new winger

Schalke 04 midfielders Ivan Rakitic and Jose Manuel Jurado

Rakitic and Jurado (Bild)

Elias was unwrapped as an early Christmas gift today, but are more signings on the way?

It seems as if we are still looking for another midfielder, because the Spanish press keeps linking us to offensive players.

One of the names most mentioned is that of Ivan Rakitic. The Croatian told AS that former-Atlético midfielder Jurado has had some good things to say about our club.

“Do I like Atlético? Of course! It’s one of the biggest clubs in Spain and every good player would like to play there. The fans are fantastic and it’s an honour to be linked to such a club,” he said.

“I was really impressed when I played in the Vicente Calderón with Schalke [in the Champions League in 2008]. The city, the fans and the stadium, all were amazing.

“Jurado has told me great things about Atlético. He has advised me well, but in the end I will have to make the decision for myself. Schalke have offered me a new three year deal, but I don’t know yet where my future lies.”

Earlier this week AS reported that Atlético have already made the Croatian playmaker an offer. He could earn €1.8m per season until 2014 if he joins us next summer. His contract with Schalke runs out then, which means he would arrive at Atlético as a free agent.

Meanwhile our directors keep looking to replace Simão in the upcoming transfer window, with Juanfran a possible candidate. Osasuna president Patxi Izco admitted the two clubs have already been in talks.

“We’ve had contact with Atlético, but there hasn’t been a concrete offer yet. We don’t want to sell, although as a club we’re not in the position to reject any serious deals,” he said.

Earlier it was reported los Colchoneros weren’t willing to go any higher than €4m for the winger, with either Juan Valera or Ignacio Camacho possibly to be included in the transfer.

Another player that García Pítarch seems very keen on is Zaragoza winger Ángel Lafita. The 26-year old has been linked to Atleti in the past, and we expect this might just be a recycled rumour.

Then there are also Chori Castro (Mallorca) and Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), two players that have attracted our club’s interest. But a transfer won’t be taking place unless Diego Godín receives his Spanish passport in the coming month, clearing up a non-EU spot in our selection.

That’s exactly the reason why we won’t make a move for Miranda in January. The Brazilian defender rejected another contract from his current club Sao Paulo and seems destined to move to Madrid in the summer. Luizão, a close friend, admitted that the player was negotiating an immediate transfer.

“We haven’t reached an agreement yet. We were negotiating with Atlético, but it turns out Elias has taken the final non-EU spot. So we’ll have to wait,” he said.

The passport issue also rules out the possible return of Eduardo Salvio from Benfica. The youngster had a great performance for Portuguese outfit last weekend, with two goals and a marvelous assist in their 5-2 win.

Today his agent announced Toto will stay with Benfica at least until the summer. The Portuguese giants have an option to purchase the Argentine, but Salvio’s representative told El Mundo Deportivo that the clubs haven’t discussed a possible transfer.

Another on-loan player that might not come back to the Vicente Calderón is Cédric. The young Congolese currently plays for Numancia but has attracted the interest of none other than European titans Chelsea and Barcelona.

Mabwati was actually sold to los Rojillos, but it is expected we will use our option to buy him back this or next summer.

We might need him back to replace José Antonio Reyes next season, because Tottenham Hotspur is said to be watching our versatile winger. A transfer seems highly unlikely though, given that La Perla never really settled in North London during his spell with Arsenal.

Apparently Harry Redknapp is willing to offer up to €15m, but Reyes recently signed a contract extension until 2014 with Atlético.

In the British press a rumour appeared linking us to Birmingham’s Sebastian Larsson. A story that seems more genuine is that of Juan Agudelo. The Colombian-American striker greatly impressed during a friendly with Generation Adidas against Atlético B recently.

The 18-year old scored a great goal and set up two more for his team-mates, and has also already scored for the senior US national team. Apparently we’ve inquired about the fee NY Red Bulls would like to receive for their young forward.

In Portugal it’s being said that Falcão could be the next player to join Atlético. The Porto striker has scored an impressive 52 goals from as many matches and is considered a possible replacement if Diego Forlán were to leave. The 24-year old Colombian would surely cost an arm and a leg though.

Málaga, the team we beat 3-0 this past weekend, want to take some players off our hands. The Anchovies have quite a bit of money to spend and are looking to reinforce themselves with Spanish talent.

Today they were linked with Sporting’s José Ángel, but also with Sergio Asenjo and Ignacio Camacho. Both players have more admirers in Spain, but the Andalusians seem to be the first club to show concrete interest.

Asenjo has recovered from his severe knee injury, but won’t be given the chance to play for Atleti as long as David de Gea is fit. It is likely the former Valladolid goalkeeper will move out on loan to regain match fitness and possibly earn himself a transfer.

Camacho’s future is even more uncertain. His contract runs out in the summer, and if he’s loaned out now he’ll almost surely permanently leave Atlético in the summer.

If Nacho is sold however, there is a possibility that Atlético include an option to buy him back, much like we did with Mario Suárez.

So those are all the rumours we were able to wrangle up, if we missed any let us know in the comment section!

  • Ringo Schut

    How about Piatti? (And Zarate)

  • Derek Maaijen

    No mention of them this week, Ringo. Sorry!

  • Edletico

    Hopefully we can purchase a right back and a couple of attackers.

    Elias, Piatti, Rakitic and Jesus Gamez

    Then in the summer maybe buy Kagawa, Agudelo, Cedric and then replace who ever we may sell and we will be competing

  • Ringo Schut

    One extra attacker will probably be enough, looking at our ‘new’ system.
    Piatti (or Zarate, but he’s more expensive and not that much better, I guess) is my number one choice. A right back would be nice, though.

    After that, I think we’ll be good for a while =)

  • Martin Rosenow

    Wow. Did you guys see Salvio’s long distance header on his second goal this past weekend? Check out the video that Derek linked up, both of his goals are toward the end of the video.

  • Arjit

    Zarate is out of question, he cost lazio like 20 million, they’re not gonna lower his price after two seasons

  • Ringo Schut

    I know that, that’s why I think it’s better to get Piatti for 10 million or something (maybe a bit more).

    And yes, I’ve seen the goals, that second header was amazing!
    But still, I don’t know about him, he’s disappointed a lot.
    Hopefully he can still live up to his potential. Those who say he’s a new Aguero are probably wrong, though, Kun is on another level and is history book-material!

  • Ringo Schut

    PS. Sergio Araujo?

    I’ve seen something of him at the WC U17, but that was long ago and a not too clear way to judge young players…

    He seems to be a big talent, broken through at Boca this year.

    He has interested a lot of big clubs, but we have an advantage: His hero is Aguero.

    How expensive would he be?