Heading into the new season, Atletico Madrid seem to be understaffed in the forward department. While Joao Felix and Antoine Griezmann are arguably two confirmed starters, there is a void in the central striker position.
Luis Suarez left the club last month concluding his two-year stint at the club. While Alvaro Morata is technically still an Atletico player, his disputes with the manager point to a certain departure. As it stands, Matheus Cunha seems to be the only option available at Simeone’s disposal.
According to The Times Atletico Madrid are weighing up whether to make a bid for Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
Relevo also corroborates these claims stating that Jorge Mendes and Atletico have discussed a possible move for the 37-year-old. The Portuguese legend is not seen as an option for now, but his signing is also not ruled out by the club’s offices.
Ronaldo’s history with Real Madrid is indeed a big obstacle in his signing. The veteran striker won 15 trophies during his stint with Los Blancos and engraved his name in the club’s history by breaking record after record. It would undoubtedly be difficult to fathom him joining Atletico Madrid at this stage of his career.
The 37-year-old has told Manchester United that he wants to leave the club in the summer and play for a team in the Champions League. Moreover, he has not travelled with Erik Ten Hag’s side for their pre-season to Australia.
In recent weeks, his agent has offered his services to Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich amongst other top European clubs. However, there has been no interest recorded from any of the parties.
In 30 Premier League appearances for Manchester United last season, Ronaldo scored 18 goals and provided three assists. He also scored six goals in just seven Champions League appearances.
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.