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Atletico Madrid president comments on plans for the January transfer window

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While one half of Madrid coasts with the joy of topping the table in two competitions, the other half of the city struggles in turbulence. Atletico Madrid’s start to the season has been far from what the management hoped for and has now reached a stage of serious concern. 

The players, manager, and administration all share the blame for the team’s struggles on the field. Most of the onus is on Diego Simeone for his sub-par management but it is also true that the Argetinne manager does not enjoy the same depth in terms of resources as Real Madrid or Barcelona. 

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo was asked about the club’s plans for the upcoming winter transfer window. While one would have expected the response to favour several signings to bolster the squad, Cerezo refuted any possibility of the same as revealed via DAZN

“Winter transfer window? We have a magnificent squad, we are very good like this.” 

The president’s reply comes as a shocker considering the team’s position and performances this season. 13 games into the season, Los Rojiblancos sit eight points behind Real Madrid, and the difference could grow by a further three points later today. 

Their results in the UEFA Champions League bring more disappointment to the fans as the team not only failed to qualify for the knockouts but also the Europa League.

They finished fourth in their group with just five points in six games and were behind the likes of Porto, Club Brugge and Bayer Leverkusen.

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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano

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According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs monitoring the progress of UD Almeria striker Marciano Sanca.

The 19-year-old Guinea-Bissau forward joined Almeria from Portuguese outfit Leixoes in January last year, linking up with the club’s B team.

Marciano has made three league appearances Almeria’s reserve team and has not scored a goal yet. The teenager has been training with the first-team setup regularly and Romano claims that he is close to making his debut in La Liga.

While he might not have made a splash at the senior level yet, Marciano seems to be already gathering admirers with Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Brighton & Hove Albion said to be tracking the youngster.

Los Rojiblancos are set to enter the market for a new centre-forward as Joao Felix is expected to be sold permanently while Alvaro Morata’s future is also not entirely certain.

So even though Diego Simeone has Memphis Depay, Angel Correa, and Morata at his disposal, Atletico Madrid will dive into the market for a new striker with there being links to Mateo Retegui of Boca Juniors, currently on loan at Tigre.

Now, Marciano has also emerged as a potential target or Atletico Madrid, although signing him will not be easy in the summer.

Even though the 19-year-old’s contract expires in 2024, he is bound by a release clause worth €40 million and Almeria intend to keep him at the club beyond this season.

So, the La Liga club might hold out for the entire release clause amount in order to stave off potential suitors like Atletico Madrid, who are not in a position to make such an investment on an unproven youngster.

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