Atletico Madrid News
Arsenal weighing up move for Atletico Madrid striker, Leeds United also interested
A rough UEFA Champions League campaign has Atletico Madrid hanging by a thin string now. Not only are the Spanish giants eliminated from the top-tier European competition but they also failed to qualify for the Europa League, putting them in a difficult spot financially.
Departures are now the need of the hour, and the club’s management are working around the clock to make them possible. Joao Felix, Mario Hermoso, and Matheus Cunha are just a few of the many names seen as possible candidates.
David Ornstein brings to light more details about the situation of Cunha and the clubs interested in him, especially from the Premier League.
Wolverhampton were said to be interested in Cunha recently but it is now uncertain if they will meet Atletico’s economic demands. There are other clubs in the running, however, with Leeds United being serious contenders.
Everton too are supposedly long-term admirers of the striker and are willing to go after his signature as early as the winter transfer window. Meanwhile, Aston Villa maintains the player on their radar but have not shown any signs of pushing for talks.
The biggest name chasing the forward is Arsenal. The Gunners are contemplating whether or not to step into the race for the Rojiblanco striker. Arteta sees Cunha as a possible replacement for fellow Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus but is yet to decide whether to pursue him or not.
The 23-year-old striker has played 11 games for Diego Simeone’s side in La Liga this season starting only two. In that duration, he has provided two assists but is yet to find the back of the net.
It is clear that the manager does not trust the forward as much as he did at the beginning of the season, and an exit would bode well for all parties involved.
Atletico Madrid News
Atletico Madrid to rival Inter, AC Milan and Roma for 23-year-old centre-forward
Atletico Madrid are set to enter the market for another striker in the summer transfer window even though they signed Memphis Depay in January from Barcelona.
And according to Italian journalist Giacomo Iacobellis, Atletico Madrid are interested in signing 23-year-old striker Mateo Retegui, who is also on the radars of AC Milan, Inter and AS Roma.
Retegui, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, also has Italian citizenship and has recently been called up by Roberto Mancini to the national team squad for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers.
The 23-year-old striker is currently plying his trade for Argentine outfit Tigre, on loan from Boca Juniors, having joined in February last year. He has made a solid impression so far in his time with his temporary club and has six goals in seven league appearances this season so far.
It has alerted Atletico Madrid, who are on the lookout for a new centre-forward. Depay was brought in earlier this year to replace Joao Felix, who left on loan and is likely to be sold permanently to Chelsea in the summer.
Having lost Matheus Cunha as well during the winter, Diego Simeone’s side do not have great depth up top, especially with Alvaro Morata not performing consistently. Hence, a new centre-forward could arrive at the Civitas Metropolitano, with Retegui emerging as an option.
Retegui’s loan deal runs until the end of this year, with Tigre having the option to make the transfer permanent. His contract with Boca Juniors expires at the end of December 2024.
Apart from Atletico, Italian clubs like AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan are also keen on the 23-year-old and it remains to be seen if Retegui moves to Europe come summer.