Atletico Madrid might have a hard time keeping Mario Hermoso at Wanda Metropolitano beyond the ongoing season as Mundo Deportivo has claimed that the 26-year-old is being considered by Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Hermoso’s situation at Atletico has been quite tricky. Despite being available for selection, the Madrid-born defender has made it to the starting XI in just one of his side’s last eight encounters.
It’s pretty much evident that Diego Simeone prefers playing an ageing Felipe, and in all fairness, the manager has his fair share of reasons. He slotted Hermoso into the back-three in a 0-0 draw against Granada, but that was only because Felipe was unavailable for selection.
Come Saturday, when the team face Athletic Club away from home, Hermoso is expected to get another start since Jose Gimenez is out injured.
Hermoso’s situation represents a rather despondent turn of events. While his versatility also allows him to play as a left-back, the growing stature of Reinildo has forced the 26-year-old to spend most of his time on the bench instead.
It’s not that things have been the same since the beginning. In fact, Hermoso started most of the matches in the first half of the season, but the numbers started to decline since matchday 23, against Barcelona. Between February 2 to April 20, the defender has started just two matches for the team.
Between the Barcelona game in February and the recent 0-0 draw against Granada, Hermoso has clocked a mere 39 minutes in three matches.
That lack of playing minutes, however, hasn’t deterred his ambition to play for Atletico. The player is, in fact, working tirelessly to get his position back, but all that can change if Tottenham come up with a strong offer in the summer.
Hermoso, who has a contract until 2024, is personally very happy at Atletico, but the fact remains his situation lures Tottenham to make an offer as they seek to acquire a left-footed defender in the summer.
Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender
According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.
The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.
Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.
Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.
The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.
Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.
Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.
Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.