Reports in Portugal suggest that Atlético striker Eduardo Salvio will most likely return to los Colchoneros from Benfica for the 2011-12 campaign. The Portuguese club, where Salvio spent the current season on a one-year loan until breaking his foot three weeks ago, is still not willing to exercise the €15m purchase option from the forward’s loan deal.
With confirmations that Turkish side Besiktas have submitted a firm offer to Atlético for Diego Forlán surfacing in the global press on Thursday, los Rojiblancos’ future offense is starting to come into focus. Borja, Salvio and Adrián will reportedly be competing for the opportunity to start alongside Kun next year, while Costa and Piatti could be in the mix as well.
Atlético striker Eduardo Salvio, who was at Benfica on a one-year loan agreement that included a €15 purchase option, sustained a fractured foot last Thursday that has created uncertainty about his future. Prior to the knock, Benfica officials were said to be strongly considering exercising their option to buy the Argentina international, but they might be putting the brakes on a deal now.
An MRI scan performed on Koke Monday morning revealed the midfielder sustained a left knee sprain on Sunday against Espanyol, as opposed to a contusion as was initially reported. Atlético’s official site states: “[Koke] suffered an MCL sprain on his left knee.” The 19-year-old cantera product will miss out on our upcoming match against Levante, and will hope to be fit in time for our trip to Coruña in two weeks.
With two spectacular goals against PSV Eindhoven Thursday evening, Atlético forward Eduardo Salvio, currently on loan at Benfica, guaranteed his team a spot in the semi-finals of this year’s Europa League. With his future still up in the air, the striker’s star value continues to soar while Atlético fans begin to fear that he will never don the red and white shirt again. Is his buy-out clause too low?
If today’s reports of a deal for Turkish midfielder Arda Turan have any basis in fact, they may be an indicator of what Atleti plans to do with Eduardo Salvio, another promising young talent, currently on loan at Benfica. Given los Rojiblancos’ non-EU passport situation and Turan’s reported fee of €12m, it appears as if Atlético’s front office might be banking on a Salvio sale.
Despite the ever-growing list of names being linked with Atlético in the winter transfer window, Rojiblanco club officials assured MARCA that the team “doesn’t need anyone else,” and that no signings will be made in the upcoming winter transfer market. Quique looks likely to have to rely on our canteranos for the rest of the season.
Argentine forward Eduardo Salvio, who was loaned out by Atlético to Benfica this summer, has spent most of the initial stage of the Portuguese season parked on the bench. AS reports that if either Diego Godín or Kun Agüero acquires a Spanish passport before the winter transfer period, Salvio could make an early return to Madrid.
Diego Costa looks set to spend the first half of the season away from Madrid after Quique Sánchez Flores omitted the striker from his European Super Cup squad. Atlético are only allowed to register three non-EU nationals for the upcoming season. Argentine winger Salvio made Quique’s squad, and it’s now more likely than ever that Costa will be shown the door – until January at least.