Piatti and Gabi reportedly on the way

AS claims both players have agreed terms with Atlético

Piatti dribbles past Gabi (EFE)

Piatti dribbles past Gabi (EFE)

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.

  • urban

    Say what you want, I’m glad. Piatti is great and having can surprise us all, and he is a leader which can turn out useful right now.

    And if Kun and ddg leave I also find rafa not a bad solution, if the revolution is inevitable someone with strong authority and top class football experience might be priceless. And in our particular case we need someone who will push the board and sporting director as far as possible from decision making and I trust rata will make his independence sine qua non term of his contract

  • urban

    Damn you T9 in the first line not having but GABI

  • Javi

    I hope Gabi is coming to peplace Raul Garcia
    Piatti is a good move
    Pretty soon we have to start seeing some guys being traded in addition to Kun and degea
    Maybe they will wait for the new coach
    If Rafa is the man he will want to control the player aquisitions

  • NiñoTorres

    Read earlier that Adrián had renewed with Deportivo? Not quite sure what the situation is but I think it has something to do with him being under 25 and them wanting €5m compensation for him.

    Also speaking of Depor, what will happen with Rubén Pérez? I’m sure the club won’t want him playing in the Segunda Division now that he has proved that he is good enough to play in La Lig, and I would imagine there are many teams who would like to take him on loan.

  • Yon

    Delighted if we finally get Piatti! I have wanted him since long before we were strongly linked! Just a shame he wont be in the same team as Kun or De Gea 🙁
    Gabi will do a fine job, he was very good box to box for Zaragoza this season!

    Im iffy on the whole Benitez idea though, could go either way :S

  • Davide

    I wouldn’t mind Gabi coming home if he is replacing Raul Garcia and no one else. Replacemant for Tiago though needs to be a much better player.

  • palc

    Fantastic. Two players I really wanted.

  • javi

    Ninotorres, the situation with Adrian and Depor is that the team is attempting to invoke an expired clause in the league agreement with the player’s union, that if effective would allow Depor to either extend his contract for one year, or to get 5M for him. But as As.com reoported that clause expired so it will be interesting to see what happens with him. There’s aslo rumors that we would replace Kun with either Hulk or Pastore-both would be awesome additions and would help us forget about Kun.
    Also, As.com reports that Caminero is our new Sports Director, which might mean that Rafa Benitez may be less inclined to come over since he likes to take control of players too.

  • Josh

    I think Rafa is waiting for Pitachi to leave. Isn’t he the one that “bought him a table when he asked for a lamp”?
    Anyway, I think Rafa will be an excellent choice if he is given full support from the board. I expect much better defense for next season with him incharge

  • Ringo Schut

    Of course Rafa could work, but I’m too scared of the risks of a bigger debt, etc. Also, his tactics could bore a lot!

  • Ringo Schut

    And I hope the Piatti deal will go through!
    Yon, I’m with you, I’ve wanted Piatti for years!
    Hopefully Piatti, Reyes and Salvio form a great attack next season!

  • SoLobo

    Benitez is one of the worst coaches out there and one of the most overrated! How many teams has he got to destroy to convince you?

  • palc

    Guys. We have five non- EU players now. We have to sort that out as well. Someone has to go. Miranda, Godin, Elias, Salvio and Costa.
    Shouldnt Godin and Costa be spanish citizen by now?

  • Sweden

    Costa is probobly leaving i think.. Miranda is going to be such a great transfer for us, love to se him play.

  • Joakim

    Godín is also going to get a spanish passport during the summer and I think that Costa is going to leave although I think that he’s got to much criticiscm.

  • Sergio Lopez

    I like to see Gabi back!

  • 7th

    why do we need gabi for when we have already R.garcia,mario, koke, elias, assuncao and the return of ruben perez as defenisve mid? now we have 7 def mid.

  • Sweden

    hopefully RG leavs, and i think assuncao is leaving actually.

  • Assuncao is leaving as far I heard, and really nice with Piatti and Gabi! Looking forward of seeing them in red-white stripes! Aupa Atléti!

  • Ringo Schut

    You’ve never seen Piatti in red and white stripes?