According to AS, Atlético could have received a whopping €109m this past month. Apparently Atleti rejected offers made for five of their star players in January, with some of the proposals coming in on the last day of the transfer window.
We already reported the bids made by Chelsea and Real Madrid for Sergio Agüero. The two elite clubs were willing to spend €45m on the Argentine forward.
His compatriot up front, Diego Forlán, was a target of Juventus, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, with the latter making a €15m offer on the 31st of January.
Earlier this month Juventus weren’t willing to spend that much and proposed a loan deal which was rejected by Atlético. Our cross-town rivals also wanted to take Cacha on loan, and intended to include a €10m option to purchase the striker.
Along with their interest for Kun, Chelsea also approached us for Diego Godín. The Londoners had a €17m bid refused as Atleti held out for €20m. That’s a lot of money for a man who is currently riding the bench as Quique Sánchez Flores favours none other than Juan Valera.
Chelsea made the offer after an attempt to sign David Luiz fell through, but in the end the Blues managed to sign both Luiz and Fernando Torres, which should keep them off of our backs for a while.
David de Gea, who yesterday said to be very happy at Atlético, was allegedly the target of a €25m offer by Manchester United. The Red Devils are looking for a replacement for Van der Sar who announced his retirement this week.
The last target of yet another English club was Fran Mérida. Aston Villa were willing to spend €7m on the midfielder who only joined us last summer.
Our squad is very small right now which forced our directors to reject all offers, and the club made it clear that we don’t intend to sell off our best players.
Considering the amount of money offered and the time remaining to sign replacements, would you have sold any of these players on the last day of the transfer window?