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Atletico Madrid striker set to stay at the club for next season

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Atletico Madrid have found themselves in a precarious position, as far as their attacking unit is concerned.

With Luis Suarez leaving the club at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, the club have been eyeing a viable goalscorer ahead of the new season.

However, Los Rojiblancos haven’t had much luck in their pursuit of a number nine, which has led to the club scouring for short-term options in the market.

Cristiano Ronaldo was among the players targeted by Atleti ahead of the new season, with the Manchester United superstar currently looking to leave Old Trafford in order to compete for the UEFA Champions League next season.

However, Atletico Madrid are facing financial roadblocks in their pursuit of Ronaldo, with the club currently dealing with a wage deficit. And with not much luck in their pursuit of other number nines, the club have informed Alvaro Morata to remain at Wanda Metropolitano.

This has been reported by Anton Meana (h/t Atletico Universe), who suggests the club have asked the player to stay beyond the summer, in light of their lack of depth in the goalscoring department.

Formerly of Chelsea, Morata is currently returning from his loan spell at Juventus. The Spaniard was widely expected to leave Atleti on a permanent deal, with many clubs across Europe gunning for his services.

However, it appears Morata may continue at Atleti next season, possibly serving as the first-choice goalscorer for Diego Simeone’s men.

Meana further suggests Atletico Madrid will not be able to sign Ronaldo, as the club are not in a position to afford Antoine Griezmann, Ronaldo and Morata.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer

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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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