Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy couple of transfer windows next year as they look to get rid of some of their star players in an attempt to generate revenue.
At the same time, they are also in desperate need of new signings that can replace the departed players. They have already identified the midfield department as a critical area and are actively looking out for options in the market.
According to Diario AS, the Rojiblancos have set their sights on Aleix Garcia, in particular. The midfielder currently plies his trade with Girona, where he is regarded as one of the top players at the club.
A central midfielder by trade, the 25-year-old was a critical part of Girona’s promotion drive last season. He has also featured in all of the 14 matches in the current season, even captaining the team in the game against CA Osasuna.
Atletico Madrid consider Garcia to be an excellent option in their bid to reinforce the midfield department. The Girona starlet is relatively young and offers abundant experience in Spanish football. They believe he is prepared to take the next step in his career.
Garcia’s current contract also expires at the end of the season, meaning Atletico can negotiate a pre-contract agreement from the start of next year.
From a sporting perspective, Garcia may end up replacing Rodrigo De Paul at Atletico. The Argentine international is one of few midfielders tipped to leave the club in January, as Los Colchoneros look to cut down on costs after being eliminated from European football.
However, signing Garcia will not be a walk in the park, with Barcelona also reportedly keeping close tabs on the midfielder.
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.