Atlético’s future attack coming into focus

Forlán's possible exit opens the door for the next candidate to star alongside Kun

Atlético youth system legend Borja (

Atlético youth system legend Borja (

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?

  • Raed from Lebanon

    I’m waiting German Pacheco’s return … he’s amazing !!

  • Nice piece. Forlan has had such a poor season considering how well he did at the World Cup. I hope Diego can flourish and his hattrick a couple of weeks ago was no fluke. I can’t see them playing with both Piatti and Aguero in the same side. Surely Piatti has been brought in to replace the departing Kun.

  • greek

    It’s time for Diego to move on…He’s a great player that we’ll always remember , but we must look the future…

    Costa seems a nice solution but i can’t imagine him in the statring 11 for the entire next season.

    I believe that Borja must take his chance and i’m fan of Pablito Piatti…

    What’s happening with Pacheco?

  • Sash

    I think it would be nice with a 4-5-1 formation next year, with Kun as the striker, Reyes in a free role behind him. Salvio to the right, someone to the left, maybe Koke (If not Piatti) in the same way he’s playing this year so Filipe can be more attacking. Mario and Elias as the two Dm/CM. Bring home Camacho as a sub for those two positions.

    Borja as the first striker sub. Also Bring home Cedric!

    Piatti/Koke Reyes Salvio
    Mario Elí
    Filipe Dominator Godin Ufo/Silvio
    De Gea

    Cedrid, Borja, Camacho on the bench!

  • Martin Rosenow

    Apparently, Pacheco hasn’t been impressing anyone in Argentina where he is playing on loan.

    First we loaned him to Independiente at the beginning of the season. He scored 1 goal there in 10 starts and 1 appearance as a sub.

    For the second half of the season, he was loaned to Gimnasia La Plata, where he has made only 5 appearances, once as a starter and the remaining 4 times as a sub. He has yet to find the back of the net at Gimnasia.

  • I’d love to see Forlán next season 🙁 but we’ll se what happens….

  • javi

    If Forlan leaves it will not be to Beksitas because they cannot afford what Atleti requires, so either he stays or he goes to Juve. I see Toto Salvio on the right of Kun and Piatti on the left. Forlan[if Forlan leaves the Mario plays here] Reyes Elias and Fran Merida at the mid, and Felipe Luis, Dominguez, Godin and Ujalusi/Silvio, with Joel as goalie-although Atleti made an offer for DeGea, Manchester will make a higher one and he is gone.

  • Flo

    I read today that ManU prepares an offer about 27.mio € for Manuel Neuer. Maybe de Gea will stay so or so… 🙂

  • palc

    As I watched the depor game the commentary mentioned something about Aguero being linked to Real Madrid and that it is a possibility. Also that Atletico and Man Utd have agreed on a DeGea deal.

    Whats that all about?

  • Derek Maaijen

    The Agüero to Real Madrid rumour is just paper talk. The possible De Gea transfer is more likely to happen as it seems it’s upto the ‘keeper to decide where his future lies.