Atletico Madrid is not a club usually linked with star signings. It was for that very reason that their decision to splash €125 million on Joao Felix caught eyes across the globe.
Reports suggested that Diego Simeone was looking for the signing of a star striker in June, with names like Lautaro Martinez strongly linked.
According to reports from MARCA, Los Rojiblancos have now discarded the idea of a big-money signing as it would be difficult. Instead, Simeone has another plan in mind.
The manager is said to be delighted with Matheus Cunha, and wants to make him a crucial part of the club’s plans next season by giving him a role as a starter. Due to that, Atletico Madrid are now considering signing a striker who complements the Brazilian.
One of the names that has popped up is that of Lucas Boye. The Argentine striker has been one of Elche’s standout performers this season and is a serious option for the upcoming transfer window.
In 21 league starts this season, the 26-year-old has scored seven times whilst assisting thrice. He has created seven big chances and averages one key pass per game. He has proven to be an astute dribbler and is one of Elche’s most potent creative force.
He would be a great tactical addition behind Cunha, who has proven to have an eye for goal. It is undoubtedly the player’s positional acumen and ability off the ball that make him an attractive prospect for Diego Simeone.
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.