A certain Rodrigo Riquelme has shown immense potential this season while playing on loan from Atletico Madrid to Girona, with the 22-year-old scoring four goals across all competitions.
Interestingly enough, one of his three goals in La Liga came against his parent club on October 8, 2022, in front of a packed Civitas Metropolitano. While the match ended in Atletico’s favour, Riquelme was cheered by everyone in the stadium not only when he scored the goal but also when he was substituted.
So for someone who has spent several seasons on loan, Riquelme has now developed a knack for finding the back of the net one way or the other, as last season, when playing for CD Mirandes, he ended up providing 12 assists during the season.
But while Riquelme is pretty much enjoying his loan tenure, Atletico might have to pull him out of the situation mostly because the circumstances they are in right now are not ideal.
Now out of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, the team from the capital city is forced to balance their accounts, meaning that in the coming months, several top players could leave.
If that is done, Spanish publication MARCA believes the team might well look to shorten Riquelme’s loan tenure by striking a deal with Girona to bring him back in January.
Now, there is no denying the fact that Riquelme is one for the future. He has a contract with Atletico until 2028 and if not in January, he will return to Madrid at the end of the season.
The only thing that troubles Atletico right now is the concerning finances. Riquelme is going to be the one to look for at the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and one good performance will put him on the world map.
With a termination clause of just €60 million, many teams would take advantage of Atletico’s vulnerable position so it will be interesting to see how the Rojiblancos cope with the situation.
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.