After an underwhelming run across competitions last season, Atletico Madrid aim to bounce back stronger in 2022/23. It is safe to say that of the three giants in La Liga, Los Colchoneros have made the most dominant start to the new season.
A 3-0 win over Getafe sees them atop the La Liga table with the joint highest goal difference. Needless to say, the club do not plan to part ways with any of their players as they look to assemble a formidable squad.
According to AS, Los Rojiblancos rejected three blockbuster offers in recent days. They turned down a €40 million proposal from Manchester United for Matheus Cunha and declined the same amount from Juventus and Chelsea for Alvaro Morata and Marcos Llorente, respectively.
Morata starred in the team’s win over Getafe, scoring two goals this past weekend. Interestingly, Juventus had a €35 million purchase clause on his loan deal last season that expired.
Llorente too started on the night in midfield and played until the hour mark. The Spaniard has grown into one of the club’s most vital players under Simeone and will be crucial this season.
While Cunha played just 11 minutes in the league opener, the manager rates the Brazilian highly and has spoken about giving him more opportunities this season. It is not surprising that he outright declined the chance to join United.
It has also been reported that Atletico Madrid rejected a €130 million offer from the Red Devils to sign Joao Felix. If anything, this is the sign of a team willing to put everything on the line to win on all fronts.
Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano
Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.
Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.
However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.
As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.
There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.
And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.
But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.
Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.
With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.
Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.
From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.
After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023