Atlético are currently without a sports director or manager and have been sent into a week-long tailspin with the news of the more than likely departures of fan favourites Sergio Aguero and David de Gea.
That’s not keeping the club from putting some pieces together for the 2011-12 campaign though.
General director Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, speaking to Radio MARCA on Thursday, confirmed that Adrián, Miranda and Sílvio will all be at our next coach’s disposal.
AS reports that more reinforcements are on the way, with versatile attacker Pablo Piatti and defensive midfielder Gabi both reportedly having agreed terms with Atleti.
The signing of long-time target Piatti from relegated-side Almería, for a fee of roughly €7m, could be made official within the coming days according to AS.
Atleti youth system product Gabi, who appeared in 52 games with los Colchoneros from 2005-2007, will reportedly join from Real Zaragoza for a €3m transfer fee.
The 28-year-old, who will likely replace Tiago if the Portuguese ends up leaving, is looking forward to a return to the Vicente Calderón after spending the last four years in Zaragoza.
Gabi recorded a career high 11 goals for los Maños in 2010-11, and the captain bagged a brace in Zaragoza’s 2-1 triumph over Levante on la Liga’s final match day that saved his squad from relegation.
Rumours on Thursday suggested Gabi’s team-mate Ángel Lafita was set to join Atleti as well, but AS claims a deal for the winger has not materialised despite Atlético’s interest.
On the managerial front, the Times reports Rafa Benítez has officially been offered the job, but the former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager is said to be weighing his options before making a decision.