4 Atlético transfers you may have missed

Atleti signed four players this summer that won't be seen at the Vicente Calderón

Rubén Micael joined Zaragoza on loan(Realzaragoza.com)

Rubén Micael joined Zaragoza on loan

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?

  • javmarlo

    Easy money for the club owners pockets. That’s what it is. They are changing the club from a football team to a players’ buy/sale agency.
    If they do not leave soon, this club will dissappear

  • Edletico

    I think that they are players who potentially become part of atletico’s team in the future. I think it is good business as only Micheal cost a fair bit of money. Don’t think Julio Alves will make it though

  • Ruben Micael is acceptable as he was necessary for the acquisition of Falcao. Definitely a price worth playing.

    Samson Olaleye intrigues me as I’m wondering how and why the club were scouting him. I noticed he maintains his own YouTube channel where he refers to himself as “The Great Striker”… Anyone who followed English football closely in the 90’s will remember a “player” called Ali Dia (Look him up otherwise)… Would be hilarious if it was a situation like that haha!

    Anyway, I can’t see these players featuring for us. Like Javmarlo says, they’ve been bought to be sold for profit probably.

  • 92

    The transfer of Dani Pacheco, I think is the best of all of them, he seems to have a brighter future than the other 3, I wish he succeeds with Rayo and comes back to Atleti.

    The Julio Alves probably is the most absurd and a waste of money, paying 2.5m for a player who became a pro mostly because of his brother’s influence. Ruben Michael’s was a must do, if not, Falcao would’ve not been sold, I think it was a waste of money, mostly because Micael was not required at Porto, with Moutinho and Guarin being undisputed starters, and now that we have Diego, if we sign him permanently, Micael isn’t gonna be required here either.

    Signing Samson Kayode, is a low risk biz opportunity, although I really don’t see how a player coming from Vietnam’s League is gonna succeed in Europe, I don’t think so far, that someone who played in the V-League and came to Europe did really succeeded, check out Lê Công Vinh, played for Leixoes without excelling, let’s hope Samson Kayode’s spell ith Braga turns out different from Lê Công Vinh.

  • Kaminero

    Olaleye has been sued by another Vietnamese club for contract violation. He has allegedly signed a pre-contract and taken money from Hanoi T&T before joining Atlético. That’s the reason why he isn’t on Braga’s roster yet.

  • Derek Maaijen

    You’re right Kaminero, and AS today reports that Olaleye won’t be joining Atlético and has agreed to stay in Vietnam, because he wouldn’t be able to pay the millions Hanoi was demanding as compensation.