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.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo