The 2022 summer transfer window is paramount for Atletico Madrid’s immediate future as the Rojiblancos seek to reinforce their defence, midfield, and attack all in one window.
The idea is to sign high pedigree players for a low fee. However, it seems that Diego Simeone’s side have not only pushed away the competition but also lead the race to sign one of their top targets.
According to reports from Tribuna VCF, the agreement between Atletico Madrid and Carlos Soler is very advanced. However, the two parties have not been in contact for the past two weeks because Los Rojiblancos need to sell players before they are able to sign him.
This comes as massive news for Diego Simeone’s plans for the coming season. The addition of the 25-year-old will bring a spark to the midfield that the likes of Koke and Rodrigo de Paul have failed to bring in recent months.
Soler played 32 games for Valencia last season, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists. In addition to his contributions in carrying the ball forward, he also averaged close to five defensive actions per game.
Barcelona are also interested in signing the midfielder for the coming season, especially given the imminent departure of Frenkie de Jong. The Catalans see him as a direct replacement for the Dutch star but are still behind Atletico in the race.
Needless to say, the Madrid-based side must act fast. A little complacence could reopen the door for Barcelona to swoop in and win the player’s signature.
It is said that Valencia ask for around €20 million for their academy graduate. While that fee is certainly a bargain, the club’s administration will try to negotiate a better offer in the coming days.
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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.