Atleti get rid of dead wood in transfer window

Has the team deteriorated despite spending big?

Atletico Madrid midfielder Elias Trindade

Elias signs for Atlético (

In England clubs were spending big on the last day of the transfer window, but in Spain only six transfers were made.

Although there were rumours of late offers totalling up to €109m, Atlético had it’s business done long before deadline day.

In January six changes were made to our first team, with four players leaving and two coming in.

Atlético have been in a process of trimming down the squad to cut the salary costs for years now and Juanito and Simão were the next victims, which was to be expected given their age and wages.

The winger’s departure was a heavily criticised one though, as Atlético apparently did not receive a transfer fee for the man who had until then played the most minutes this season. Meanwhile Simão has continued his good form at Besiktas where he’s already scored two goals in two appearances.

Getting rid of Juanito was an entirely different story, as the veteran centre back didn’t feature in our plans. His contract was rescinded and Juanito has joined Valladolid on a free transfer.

The departures of Asenjo and Camacho won’t be felt in the Vicente Calderón either, as neither played any role for us this season. Camacho did feature in the early Copa del Rey games, but his place has been taken by Koke who seems ready to step up.

The two former Spanish youth internationals have both earned a position in Málaga’s starting XI. Goalkeeper Asenjo will return to Atlético in the summer, but Nacho was sold for €1.5m.


Although three of these four players hardly featured for us this season, their departures have left Atlético with the smallest selection in la Liga. To make up for the losses, mainly Simão’s, the club signed two replacements.

First we signed Elias for €7m. The midfielder so far hasn’t been able to live up to his price tag, but to be fair he came to the team at the worst possible moment.

To complicate things Quique Sánchez Flores has stuck him on the left wing, where Elias has struggled to make an impact. The 25-year-old prefers a more central role. The jury is still out on the Brazilian, who recently received another call up for his national team.

Our other January signing is Juanfran, who came over from Osasuna. The Rojillos knew very well that Atlético desperately wanted the winger and held out for €4.3m, which could even be increased by another half million if certain incentives are met.

So far Juanfran hasn’t featured much as our coach seems to prefer José Antonio Reyes on the right, still leaving us without a winger on the left side.

The two new players should be given the time to settle, but considering our recent performances and results it seems the six changes haven’t helped much.

Which begs the question, are you satisfied with Atlético’s transfer dealings this past month?

  • David

    It’s hard for the new players to come into an unsettled and underperfoming squad so I hope the fans, and management exercise patience with them. By new players i.e Elias and Juanfran, rather than the summer window pickups.

    I’ve personally been unhappy with the club in the transfer market for a few years now.
    Since Aguero there has been no players who have been bought and developed.

    So many clubs do this and we’ve fallen behind. Look at Villarreal for instance, there astute purchases in the market have been outstanding.

  • Andres

    the real dead wood is Forlán and I think i didn’t see him leaving :-/

  • The season is lost and we should start revamping the team in the summer. It was a mistake to renew with Assuncao and Perea, but they are both QSF’s favourites for some sick reason. Apart from them, Valera, Raul Garcia, Forlan, Costa and Tiago should leave.

    The spine of our team should be: De Gea, Filipe, Godin, Dominguez, Reyes, Kun and Salvio.

    Who should be supported by Merida, Koke, Pulido, Borja, Mario, Elias, Juanfran, Ufo, Lopez, Miranda and Adrian, and possibly Keko and Cedric.

    And we should make 4 transfers in, all for the first squad, with just some simple suggestions:
    right back – azpilicueta
    centre midfielder – anderson would be ok, but we need someone more like Sahin or Mereiles (those names are obv impossible), anyways it has to be box-to-box jack of all trades, good both in tackling and passing.
    winger – griezmann, dos santos, thiago alcanatara, diego, silva.
    attacker – maybe vela or someone like that.

    We need around 35 mln for transfers, and I guess we could rise around 25 mln for that sum from selling players.

  • Lubo Sklenar

    I still think letting go Camacho was mistake. We have another season to forget, we really need to rebuild this squad. Somehow I feel, we can’t achieve anything with Aguero in squad, because he is the only one to help us raise some cash.. we really need to get rid of some players – Raul, Suarez, Perea, Valera, Diego Costa, maybe Ujfalusi along with Forlan.. and buy something younger and perspective! Griezmann is a must buy, Shinji Kagawa also, maybe Anderson of ManU, Salvio to return and give Keko, Cedric and Pulido a try. Adrian will be good I think, Miranda also. But I’m sure we need to get rid of Pitarch and that won’t be easy.. With him on board, I see our bright future more darker than bright…:/