Atlético travel to Galicia this weekend to face off against Deportivo at the Riazor in what will surely be a hard-fought battle against Filipe Luis’ former teammates. Unbeaten in four straight matches and with just a single loss in their last 10, Atleti are showing their best form of the season and will arrive in Coruña on Saturday with their heads held high, though Quique remains guarded ahead of the clash.
After three consecutive losses, Atlético desperately needed a win on Saturday night. Deportivo proved to be the perfect opponents, as los Rojiblancos avoid further talks of crisis at the Vicente Calderon with a 2-0 win. Sergio Agüero was the big man tonight, winning a penalty and scoring two goals.
Atlético want to turn the page on last week’s seven-day catastrophe on Saturday, when Deportivo La Coruña visit the Calderón. Sánchez Flores’ right hand man, Fran Escribá, will be manning the coaching duties as Quique sits out the second match of his two-game suspension.
Atlético youth product Rubén Pérez, who was loaned out to Deportivo as part of the deal that sent Filipe Luís to the Calderón, will be barred from playing against his former team this Saturday. A clause in the midfielder’s two-year loan contract requires Deportivo to pay a fee in order to include him in a match selection against Atleti.
Atlético Madrid unveiled Filipe to the press on Tuesday – their fourth signing of the summer put pen to paper on a five-year deal before being paraded in front of ecstatic Atleti fans at the Vicente Calderón. Deportivo will receive €12m, with €6m paid up-front immediately. In the next two summers they will receive two
Deportivo la Coruña have confirmed the transfer of Filipe Luis to Atlético on their website. This morning the Brazilian leftback passed his medical in Madrid. Newspaper Marca reports a deal has been struck for €13.5m. It is assumed that the €2m Depor owe us for the Zé Castro-transfer has also been written off. Filipe passed
We told you earlier that Atlético was close to signing Filipe, and now it seems Deportivo left their full-back at home when they flew to Switzerland for a training camp. A deal looks imminent. Reports in Spain say a deal has been agreed between the two clubs for €8m or €9m, including incentives. Representatives of the clubs met in the Vicente Calderón today to close the deal. Meanwhile, Atleti are reportedly also hoping to sign Villarreal-duo Diego Godín and Santi Cazorla.