Atletico Madrid have dropped out of all European competitions this season after finishing fourth in their Champions League group.
Ideally, that would help them focus on the league and drive as further up as possible, but the Diego Simeone-led side look like a shadow of their former self right now.
In fact, they have won only three of their last ten games, and are currently winless in the league for the last three games (1D, 2L). They are leaking a ton of goals, too, which is not in line with their reputation over the last decade, or so.
The solutions are not as simple, either. Ridden in financial problems, Atletico do not nearly have the funds to reinforce their team as they would like to. In search of cost-cut alternatives, they are keeping tabs on Torino midfielder Samuele Ricci for next season, as per Mundo Deportivo.
The 21-year-old has been plying his trade with Torino for less than a year at this point, initially arriving from Empoli on loan in January. The two parties struck a permanent deal in the summer.
Ricci has been a sensation in Serie A since his arrival, and has already debuted for the Italian national team in June, against Germany, no less.
Torino paid upwards of €8 million to sign Ricci in the summer, and will not make it easy for Atletico to get their hands on the midfielder. Not to mention, if he continues to play the way he is, right now, more Serie A clubs could enter the race for his services.
One can expect the asking price to reach at least €16-20 million. Until then, Atletico will be looking to put players on the exit ramp in the hopes of raising some money through player sales.
Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe
Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.
After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.
And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.
Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.
And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.
Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.
Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.
📋 Nuestra 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮 para mañana 👊 pic.twitter.com/ME1fwfQB6J— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 3, 2023