One of the key talking points of the current transfer window has been the difficulty faced by La Liga clubs in registering new signings. The strict salary limit imposed by the club has complicated the procedure, forcing many clubs to sell players.
Barcelona are the club most affected by the new implementation because of their high wage bill. However, Atletico Madrid are not completely free from this problem either.
According to reports from Javi Gomez, Los Rojiblancos have registered all but one of their players for the upcoming season. The exception being Barcelona loanee Antoine Griezmann.
Nevertheless, the club and La Liga are confident that there will be no problem with the Frenchman’s registration. The procedure will be completed in the coming days, before Atletico Madrid’s opener against Getafe.
While Felipe has also not been registered, the Brazilian faces a more significant problem as his contract extension has not yet been announced. The 33-year-old’s deal was supposed to be automatically renewed based on the number of appearances, but an official confirmation is pending.
Atletico Madrid must now look to generate revenue to ensure Griezmann’s registration. This can be done through player sales, wage reductions or other such levers.
The Frenchman moved to Wanda Metropolitano on a two-season loan from Barcelona last year. In his first year back under Simeone, Griezmann made 29 appearances, scoring three goals and providing four assists in the process.
Atletico Madrid’s domestic campaign begins on August 15th when they take on Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Needless to say, the club will be keen to register their star forward well before the opener.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
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.