A new season represents a new beginning in many ways. Not only does it provide a chance for players to make a fresh start but also brings with it an annual chance to change their kit numbers.
Earlier today, Atletico Madrid announced the official jersey numbers for the coming season (h/t Atletico Universe).
Needless to say, there are pleasant surprises on the awaited list. To begin with, players who returned from loan spells have chosen the numbers they wish to don for the coming season.
Alvaro Morata, who completed his two-year loan at Juventus, opted to choose number 19. However, the Spaniard’s future is still in the air and it seems unlikely that he will be a Rojiblanco at the end of the transfer window.
Meanwhile, Saul Niguez picked the number 17. It does not come as a surprise as the midfielder donned the same kit in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Coming off a year-long loan spell at Chelsea, he will look to break his way into Diego Simeone’s starting XI again.
Matheus Cunha, who wore the #19 last season has now changed his number and taken the prestigious #9. This is a big hint as to his role in the upcoming season for the Brazilian could well be the default striker for Los Rojiblancos.
New signing Samuel Lino has been handed jersey #16, while Axel Witsel will have #20 on his back. As it stands, only kit #25 is vacant at Atletico Madrid and could well be Nahuel Molina’s when his signing is announced.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.