With confirmations that Turkish side Besiktas have submitted a firm offer to Atlético for Diego Forlán surfacing in the global press on Thursday, los Rojiblancos’ future offense is starting to come into focus.
Atleti’s starting XI has graced the lethal attack duo of Forlán and Sergio Agüero for some time now; that was, until Diego Costa snatched the job away from his Uruguayan teammate a couple of weeks ago.
There was a time when the current scenario would have seemed inconceivable, but with ‘La Rubia’s’ form tumbling this campaign, manager Quique Sanchez Flores really had no other choice but to give the young Brazilian a shot. So far, the Kun-Costa tandem has not disappointed.
AS reports that los Colchoneros have a contingency plan set in place in case of a — what is starting to seem more and more likely — Forlán exit.
The Madrid-based paper assures that Kun will remain with the club, while Atleti youth product Borja Bastón will be joining the first team on a permanent basis after jumping between the senior side and reserve squad all season long when healthy.
AS also claims, as does pretty much the rest of the Spanish press, that Deportivo’s Adrián López is set to join Atlético on a free transfer once his current contract expires with Depor on 30 June.
Rumours about a done deal for the forward came out months ago, but an agreement had never really been confirmed by either the player or Atlético officials. In fact, when questioned about the reports shortly after they initially leaked, Adrián expressly denied them.
The 23-year-old’s signing will inspire a collective “meh” from the Rojiblanco faithful, seeing as Adrián has only scored five goals in 32 league appearances this season; that, and the fact that he plays for Deportivo– a club not exactly known as an offensive powerhouse these days.
Argentine Eduardo Salvio will return to the Calderón next season according to AS, who reports that Benfica are unlikely to exercise their €15m option to purchase the former Lanús man.
Atleti officials will likely face another difficult summer decision with Costa, whose future looks the most uncertain amongst all our future attackers. Despite establishing great chemistry with Kun recently and forcing many Rojiblanco supporters to reconsider their mostly negative opinions of him, the 22-year-old will be without a Spanish passport along with Salvio, Miranda, Elias and possibly Godín.
There hasn’t been any more word about Pablo Piatti, who two weeks ago was said to be already secured for our 2011-12 campaign. We remind you that the Argentina-born Piatti carries an Italian passport, so he would not count towards our three-player max non-EU quota.
Who would be your ideal (and realistic!) strike partner for el Kun next season?