This summer Atlético signed Arda Turan, Diego, Falcao and seven other first team players.
But the club also invested in four more players that we may never even see play for los Rojiblancos.
Dani Pacheco, Rubén Micael, Júlio Alves and Samson Olaleye all joined in the off-season but were instantly transferred to other clubs.
Spain U-20 winger Dani Pacheco was loaned from Liverpool with an option to buy the youngster for €2.5 million.
While not actually property of the club, Atleti loaned out Pacheco to neighbours Rayo Vallecano where it’s expected he’ll have significantly more chances of playing time.
Another player that featured at the U-20 World Cup, Júlio Regufe Alves, was signed from Rio Ave but joined Besiktas on the last day of the transfer window.
We reportedly paid €2.5 million for the Portuguese midfielder, and it’s said we will receive €350,000 per year from the Turkish outfit for half of Alves’ transfer rights for a total of four years.
Rubén Micael is another Portuguese midfield player that was signed this summer, but he at least signed a long-term contract with Atleti.
Porto president Pinto da Costa forced Micael upon us as part of the Falcao transfer and we paid €5 million for the Portuguese international, who underwent a medical in Madrid and then immediately joined Real Zaragoza on loan.
Like Júlio Alves, the transfer of Samson Olaleye was never officially announced by Atlético. It says plenty about the valuation of the player, who we picked up for free from Dong Thap of the Vietnamese league.
The Nigerian striker has since joined Sporting Braga on loan, where we also sent Fran Mérida.
While it’s uncertain whether these players will ever actually play in the Vicente Calderón, we’ll do our best to keep an eye on their development.
What do you think of these transfer activities by Atleti? A waste of money, or low risk business opportunities?