The perks of being a top-level footballer are plenty, ranging from high dollar payslips to worldwide name and fame. However, all that often means little if not accompanied by the elementary joy of playing the game day in and day out.
That is the situation Angel Correa finds himself in at Atletico Madrid. Since his arrival in 2015, the Argentine forward has made over 300 appearances for Los Rojiblancos. However, he only played 1872 minutes in the league this season, a steep fall from his 2400 minutes last season.
According to reports from MARCA, the 27-year-old has opened the door to a possible departure in the coming summer as he desires a higher ranking role. However, Atletico Madrid’s steep demands make such an operation difficult to execute.
The news is surprising, for the player recently penned an extension with the club. It was only in January that Corra committed another 4.5 years at the Wanda Metropolitano.
In 36 appearances for the Madrid based side in the league this season, the Argentine scored 12 goals and provided five assists. He averaged 0.7 key passes per game and created 6 big chances.
In fact, it was Correa’s goal that gave Diego Simeone’s side the win against Real Sociedad on the final matchday.
Back in January, several Premier League clubs were said to be interested in signing Correa. However, the player snubbed the offers and opted to continue in Spain.
Now, it remains to be seen if the same clubs continue to pursue his signature given his intention to change scenery.
With Luis Suarez’s departure from the club already confirmed, Correa’s transfer could leave Simeone’s side understaffed in the forward department. That said, the club’s reluctance to sell the Argentine is understandable.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.