Atletico Madrid’s links with Cristiano Ronaldo are baffling for not only sporting reasons but also on the economic front. Further, it is difficult to fathom how a player who defined an era for Real Madrid could comprehend a move to their direct rivals.
There is pessimism around the Portuguese international’s signing in the Atletico offices. However, according to reports from Anton Meana via El Larguero, Jorge Mendes remains optimistic about the speculated transfer.
The super-agent insists that if the problem is economical, it can be tackled by facilitating the departure of some high earners. The names of Antoine Griezmann and Saul have been suggested.
The sales of high-earners would clear up space on the wage bill and enable the club to accommodate Ronaldo’s enormous wages.
The Portuguese international wishes to leave Old Trafford after the club failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. He does not want to miss out on the prestigious event in what could be one of his last seasons at the top level and has approached several clubs to sign him.
PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are just few of the many parties to have rejected the strikers services this window. Further, reports from Guardian have claimed that Erik ten Hag will stick with Anthony Martial as his no. 9 even if Ronaldo returns
Simeone’s side remain one of his final hopes. That too only because of their lack of goal-scoring exploits last season.
Yet, it is diffuse to imagine Los Rojiblancos letting go of a younger star to accommodate the 37 year old. Simeone already has Matheus Cunha as his number 9 and seems to trust the striker for the upcoming season.
Last season, Ronaldo scored 18 goals and provided three assists in 30 league games for Manchester United. While he would be a fantastic signing for Atletico, his age is a limiting factor that cannot be ignored.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.