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Simeone wants Atletico Madrid to sign 26-year-old Bayern Munich defender next summer
According to Alex Silvestre on El Chiringuito TV, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is already thinking about the next season and for that, he has demanded the return of his former prodigy Lucas Hernandez
Hernandez, 26, signed for Bayern Munich from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019 for a reported €80 million fee, making him one of the most expensive defenders in the sport. In fact, the French defender still remains the most expensive signing in Bundesliga history.
In his three and a half seasons with the Germans, he has established himself as an instrumental component. However, the current campaign has put a dent in his progress due to an adductor problem that he sustained against Barcelona in September.
The 26-year-old, whose ongoing contract with Bayern expires in 2024, remains a lucrative option for Atletico primarily because of the history the two have shared. On top of that, even the player has not shied away from flirting with the idea of a potential return.
Speaking about a future return, the defender had recently said: “If the opportunity arises to return to Atletico Madrid, why not? Atleti is the club that has given me everything and I have always wished them the best.”
“That I am now in Bayern Munich is partly thanks to Atletico. They bet on me since I was a child and gave me everything,” he added.
And now Simeone is said to be keen on a reunion with the 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning defender. Given the fragile state of the Atletico Madrid defence this season, the Argentine has requested the signing of Hernandez in the next summer transfer market.
If everything is on track, Atletico might as well explore the opportunity, but it must be noted that a lot will depend on Bayern’s asking price mostly because the player will still have a year left on his deal.
On top of that, the Rojiblancos’ finances are not in the pinkest of health either. So, while Simeone might be keen on bringing back Hernandez, a move could be difficult to pull off.
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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target
Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and want to fight for his signing in the summer, according to a report from Javi Gomara of Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old is also a transfer target for FC Barcelona and several clubs in the Premier League.
Amrabat burst into the limelight after enjoying a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which he helped Morocco reach the semi-finals. The midfielder was heavily linked with an exit in January, with Barcelona, Atletico and several other clubs linked.
However, a move did not materialise and he remained at Fiorentina. However, with his contract expiring next year, the Moroccan international could be on his way out in the summer, even though the Italian outfit are trying to tie him down with a new contract.
And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid are ready to fight for his signing in the summer. The report states that Amrabat is a player that is very well-liked by the Rojiblancos and would be an important cog in Diego Simeone’s side if they sign him.
Amrabat will be playing at the Civitas Metropolitano tonight, with Atletico’s home ground hosting a friendly between Morocco and Peru. And the Colchoneros dream of making the stadium the 26-year-old’s permanent home from next season.
The report adds that the Moroccan international himself would be ‘delighted’ to join the club. After all, he did speak highly of Simeone and Atleti during the World Cup, when he said:
“He has coached Atletico Madrid for many years. I like his style of play. He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players in his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”
Atletico Madrid have been linked with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but hold no interest in him. Instead, they wish to sign a player of Amrabat’s profile and quality. However, the 26-year-old will not come cheap as Fiorentina will demand a €40 million fee for him.
Beyond that, the interest of Barcelona and other clubs in the Premier League would also be a roadblock for the Spanish capital club.
October 28, 2022 at 6:41 pm
Do not let Hernandez go by any stretch of means. He is too valuable for Bayern. The back line stays intact and allows to rotate when you have such a busy schedule.He has to be kept at all cost.