The one glaring shortcoming in Atletico Madrid’s squad this season is the lack of a seasoned number nine to bring in the goals. Joao Felix, Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann are not natural centre-forwards, while Luis Suarez is no longer the beast he once was.
The club brought in Matheus Cunha in August, but the Brazilian has only managed three starts and is yet to make a goal contribution.
Correa has been Diego Simeone’s best bet this season, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists in 29 league games. Yet, the Argentine’s inconsistency pushes Los Rojiblancos to look for an alternative.
According to reports from Cesar Luis Merlo of TYC Sports, the La Liga Champions have enquired about Lautaro Martinez and wish to sign the Argentine in June.
The 24-year-old recently penned an extension with Inter Milan and has over four and a half years left on his contract. He is delighted with life in Italy and does not consider leaving at the moment.
The only chance for him to depart the club in June is if the Nerazzurri wish to sell him for an economic benefit.
Lautaro was, however, close to joining Barcelona in the summer of 2019 but the transfer collapsed after Inter’s €100 million price tag proved to be out of the Catalan giants’ budget.
Martinez has proven to be one of Serie A’s most lethal strikers over the past few years. His sharp finishing and impeccable positioning make him a valuable asset for his club.
In 27 league starts for Inter Milan this season, the Argentine has 14 goals and two assists. He has also created four big chances and provides one key pass every ninety minutes.
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.