A recent report from Foot Mercato has offered an interesting update on the future of Lovro Majer.
The Stade Rennais midfielder was one of the most sought-after midfielders in Ligue 1 earlier this summer, thanks to his brilliant 2021/22 campaign. Atletico Madrid were among the clubs interested in his services, but the move did not materialise due to financial constraints.
However, even after a month into the new season, Atleti are not ready to give up on their hopes of Majer. As per the report, Los Colchoneros are preparing a swoop for Majer ahead of the January transfer window, with Diego Simeone particularly keen on his services.
The Atletico coach is well aware of Majer’s abilities in the middle of the park and wants to secure his services after the turn of the year.
Formerly of Dinamo Zagreb, Majer has indeed been one of the top performers for Rennes since his move in 2021. He was notably involved in 14 league goals last season, emerging as a creator-in-chief for the French giants.
His performances have not gone unnoticed, with Atletico Madrid prepared to secure the services of the Croatian international, who could prove to be an excellent alternative to the likes of Rodrigo de Paul and Koke.
However, in light of Majer’s tremendous performances in Ligue 1, Rennes are not prepared to offload their Croatian superstar just yet. They are, in fact, holding out for a staggering price tag of €60 million.
It could serve as a massive blow for Atletico Madrid, who were already priced out of a move for the playmaker earlier in the summer. This time though, the club from the capital could consider offloading a few of their star players in order to fund a move for Majer.
But that would depend heavily on how they manage to offload their fringe players. Given that a host of their stars have not performed up to expectations, cashing in on them for the desired fee could prove to be a tricky task for Los Colchoneros in the upcoming January transfer window.
Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”
Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid once again showed the European Champions’ ability to fight back even from the deepest of troughs and come back on top. The men in white were a goal down with 15 minutes to spare but forced extra time and managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
However, the game was not without its own share of controversy. One of the biggest moments came in the 71st minute when Dani Ceballos avoided a red card that would have changed the course of the game. Ironically, Atletico Madrid had Stefan Savic sent off in extra time to help Real Madrid progress.
To give context Ceballos was already on a yellow card for making an unnecessary challenge in the 69th minute of the game. Two minutes later, he appeared to have caught Thomas Lemar near the knee.
Atletico Madrid thus demanded that he get a second yellow and receive his marching orders. Given that the Rojiblancos were already up a goal, it could have changed the course of the game. But the referee did not show a second yellow to the Real Madrid midfielder.
Los Rojiblancos are far from happy with the refereeing at Santiago Bernabeu and have released an official statement via their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, regarding their displeasure. The statement is as follows:
“With 0-1, in the 71st minute, playing the place for the Copa semifinals in their own stadium, leaving Real Madrid with 10 players is big words.
“Real Madrid is a club with a very strong environment, with many interests around it. They create such pressure that it’s normal to affect the people who must make decisions. They [referees] are aware of what awaits them if they made a mistake.”
Clearly, the accusation from Diego Simeone’s side goes far beyond the events of the derby and makes a contentious general statement about Real Madrid’s influence on matches.