It is no secret that Atletico Madrid’s shock elimination from the UEFA Champions League group stages is set to have major repercussions on the squad, ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.
The club must recoup the lost revenue by selling some of their star players. And according to GOAL, one such player could be Matheus Cunha.
Formerly of Hertha Berlin, Cunha joined Atleti last year for a fee of around ̉€26 million. The attacker had a positive start to his career in Spain as well, having been involved in 12 goals in La Liga, even though his form disappeared during the latter stage of the 2021/22 season.
Cunha’s struggles have continued in the new campaign, where the forward has not been able to carve out minutes for himself. Indeed, he has failed to even muster 400 minutes of league football this term and is yet to even score a single goal in any competition.
In light of Cunha’s struggles, Atletico Madrid are studying the possibility of offloading him in the January transfer window, reports Goal. The forward was courted by clubs like Manchester United earlier in the summer, but the move did not materialise as the player wanted to remain at Atleti.
That may change in January, when Cunha, having fallen behind the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix in the pecking order, could look for a move elsewhere in order to revive his career, especially after failing to make the cut to Brazil squad for the World Cup.
The report suggests Atletico Madrid themselves could fancy the sale of the Brazilian international. They could consider offers in the region of €35 million, even though the player has a release clause worth €100 million.
Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender
According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.
The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.
Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.
Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.
The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.
Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.
Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.
Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.