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Chelsea striker on Atletico Madrid’s agenda as they seek attacking reinforcements
According to AS, Atletico Madrid are looking at several options, including Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to strengthen their attacking unit in the ongoing transfer window.
The Rojiblancos have already bid goodbye to Matheus Cunha and are set to part ways with Joao Felix, who is on the verge of sealing a loan move to Chelsea.
It would Diego Simeone with just Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa as options for the frontline, prompting Atletico to scour the market for reinforcements.
The likes of Enes Unal (Getafe), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Borja Iglesias (Real Betis) have been linked. Apart from them, though, director Andrea Berta is also looking at other options, which include Chelsea striker Pierre-Emeric Aubameyang.
The Gabonese striker returned to England this past summer after a short stint at FC Barcelona. After having netted 12 goals in six months for the Catalans last season, Aubameyang has struggled to replicate the same form at Chelsea.
The 33-year-old has scored just one goal in nine Premier League matches so far and has copped a lot of criticism for his misfiring displays.
The former Arsenal captain was also involved in a controversial moment recently when manager Graham Potter substituted him off against Manchester City in the Premier League after having brought him on earlier in the game.
Following that, Aubameyang was completely left out of the squad for the FA Cup contest against Manchester City, leading to doubts over his future at Stamford Bridge. With Felix’s imminent move, he could be forced out of Chelsea.
And, Atletico Madrid director Andrea Berta, who has the Gabonese striker on the agenda for this window, might look to offer him a way out. Apart from Aubameyang, RB Leipzig’s Andre Silva is also being looked at.
As things stand, Atletico Madrid will need to bring in a new forward before the window closes. Only time will tell whether they move for Aubameyang or a different option to strengthen their frontline.
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Atletico Madrid to rival Inter, AC Milan and Roma for 23-year-old centre-forward
Atletico Madrid are set to enter the market for another striker in the summer transfer window even though they signed Memphis Depay in January from Barcelona.
And according to Italian journalist Giacomo Iacobellis, Atletico Madrid are interested in signing 23-year-old striker Mateo Retegui, who is also on the radars of AC Milan, Inter and AS Roma.
Retegui, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, also has Italian citizenship and has recently been called up by Roberto Mancini to the national team squad for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers.
The 23-year-old striker is currently plying his trade for Argentine outfit Tigre, on loan from Boca Juniors, having joined in February last year. He has made a solid impression so far in his time with his temporary club and has six goals in seven league appearances this season so far.
It has alerted Atletico Madrid, who are on the lookout for a new centre-forward. Depay was brought in earlier this year to replace Joao Felix, who left on loan and is likely to be sold permanently to Chelsea in the summer.
Having lost Matheus Cunha as well during the winter, Diego Simeone’s side do not have great depth up top, especially with Alvaro Morata not performing consistently. Hence, a new centre-forward could arrive at the Civitas Metropolitano, with Retegui emerging as an option.
Retegui’s loan deal runs until the end of this year, with Tigre having the option to make the transfer permanent. His contract with Boca Juniors expires at the end of December 2024.
Apart from Atletico, Italian clubs like AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan are also keen on the 23-year-old and it remains to be seen if Retegui moves to Europe come summer.