There was only ever one real contender for the January Player of the Month award. After ending December in rampant style with a second half hat-trick away at Athletic Bilbao, winger Antoine Griezmann has continued in the same vein of form since the turn of the year with a string of impressive showings.
Following the exit of several star names over the summer, much has been made of Atlético in particular in front of goal this season, with many quick to judge our new signings and point the finger at the team’s apparent inability to score and make chances from open play. Diego Costa, David Villa and Adrián
By the time Atlético finally receive their La Liga title at the end of the month, those who lift the famous trophy will be a very different set to those who triumphed at the Camp Nou back in May.
The transfer window has really started to heat up since the signing of Antoine Griezmann last week, with the Frenchman’s arrival sparking a flurry of activity in and out of the club.
According to several media sources both in Spain and Colombia, Atlético are very close to finalising a deal for Porto striker Radamel Falcao García. Atleti will reportedly pay between €25 to €30 million for the Colombia international, with Eduardo Salvio expected to be included in the deal.
Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann, currently taking part in the U-20 World Cup in Colombia, had reportedly told L’Equipe his mind was made up and he wanted to go to Atlético. The 20-year-old now claims he was misquoted by the French paper. “I never said I wanted to go to Atlético,” Griezmann told Real Sociedad’s official site Thursday evening.
Atlético continue to look for players to fill the void that’s been left by Sergio Agüero’s departure, but so far with little success. Last week the reliable Spanish news agency EFE reported that Atleti had made a €12m approach for Pablo Daniel Osvaldo. Today we made a new offer, says AS, but Espanyol still won’t budge. The Catalans are holding out for €20m for the 25-year old, but might be willing to drop their prize a bit if Atleti persist.
Atlético’s offer of €7 million plus midfielders Fran Mérida and Raúl García for Real Sociedad starlet Antoine Griezmann was reportedly rejected by the San Sebastián-based side. Rumours about Atleti’s interest in signing the Frenchman had gained traction on Thursday, when it was reported the winger had told website Footmercato.net that a move to the Vicente Calderón would appeal to him.