Cristiano Ronaldo is facing a precarious situation this summer, as the Portuguese international continues to find a suitor ahead of the new season.
Ronaldo is unsettled at Manchester United after the club failed to finish inside the top four. The attacker wants to compete in the UEFA Champions League next season, with his agent offering him to several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs were Atletico Madrid, with Jorge Mendes meeting with the club’s CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin earlier in the month.
However, during the meeting, Gil Marin rejected the opportunity to sign Ronaldo as the club were not in a position to afford the Portuguese international, due to a €45 million budget deficit.
But according to a recent report from The Times, it appears Atletico Madrid are looking to make a slight adjustment to their squad in an attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the new season.
Los Colchoneros currently have a slew of fringe players who are not paramount in Diego Simeone’s plans for the new season. The club are already trying to offload Thomas Lemar and as per Times, Antoine Griezmann is another player they could sell in order to sign Ronaldo.
The Frenchman is currently on a loan deal from Barcelona, with Atletico Madrid having a compulsory buyout clause worth €40 million.
Atleti are hoping to offload Griezmann this summer in an attempt to take the load off their wage bill and generate some transfer revenue that could go a long way in helping them sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
However, finding a suitor for Griezmann could be difficult as the attacker has endured a rapid fall from grace in recent years. He was recently offered to Paris Saint-Germain, among many other top clubs in Europe, but the Parisian juggernaut have declined the opportunity.
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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.