Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy January transfer window as the club look to trim the squad in their attempt to bring in some much-needed revenue.
At the same time, the club are determined to add fresh quality to the squad. As part of their plans, they are targeting a host of talented players across Europe, with Luis Alberto emerging as one of their targets.
This has been reported by Corriere Dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo), which suggests that the club from the capital are closely monitoring the situation of the Lazio star and could make a move for him in the near future.
Formerly of Liverpool, Alberto has been a huge success at Lazio since joining the club in 2016. He has racked up 236 competitive appearances for the club, scoring 44 goals while mustering 62 assists.
A central midfielder by trade, Alberto’s creative brilliance has been key in helping Lazio remain one of the top teams in Italy. But after six years of success, many believe the 30-year-old playmaker could contemplate leaving the club in the near future.
That is where Atletico Madrid come into the fray. The Spanish giants are preparing for a major overhaul in January, with the creative department emerging as one of their major weak points.
However, the report suggests Atleti must offload their star players such as Thomas Lemar and Rodrigo De Paul before they can afford a move for Alberto, who still has a contract at Lazio that does not expire until 2025.
With that in mind, it could be tricky for Atletico to fund a move for the former Liverpool starlet. But at the same time, they are looking to offload both Lemar and De Paul in January, along with Matheus Cunha, and those sales could potentially pave the way for the club to bring in Roberto.
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.