Atletico Madrid transfer news: How Diego Simeone’s side could line-up next season with Joao Felix and Kieran Trippier

5 Jul

Atletico Madrid have been one of the busiest teams in summer transfer window with big deals in and out of the Wanda Metropolitano.

They may have lost Antoine Griezmannn but they have signed Joao Felix, one of the most promising wonderkids in the world – and they aren’t done yet.

Felix has been compared to AC Milan and Brazil legend Kaka
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According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kieran Trippier is set to sign for the Spaniards in a £25m deal.

The full-back will be part of a huge defensive overhaul by Diego Simeone who has lost Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandez already this summer as they move to Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, respectively.

Lucas Hernandez officially joined Bayern this summer
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Another player on the cusp of joining appears to be Espanyol centre-back Mario Hermoso and a £35m deal could be done in the coming days.

They would join midfielder Marcos Llorente, left-back Renan Lodi, and centre-back Felipe who signed for around £60m in total, while Hector Herrera arrives on a free transfer.

Griezmann joins Barcelona after a protracted transfer saga
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Midfielder Rodri has, like Griezmann, left the club after Manchester City activated his £62.8m release clause.

Other exits included Gelson Martins to Monaco and Luciano Vietto to Sporting Lisbon, meanwhile they are attempting to offload Angel Correa.

Rodri is considered the perfect replacement for Fernandinho at Man City
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Jan Oblak had reportedly criticised the club’s hierarchy for their lack of ambition but their signings certainly make a huge statement of intent.

Atletico even paid more than Felix’s release clause so they could land their target, which is impressive.

But how will they all fit in? Here at talkSPORT.com we have taken a look at how Atletico Madrid could line-up next season.

Goalkeeper

Jan Oblak is likely to be the number one choice next season despite reports of his ambition to leave the club.

He was said to have been unhappy with the amount of key players leaving the club but with several signings in recent days this attitude may have changed.

Jan Oblak is the current number one at Atletico
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Defence

There will be some changes in Simeone’s defence next season with Diego Godin and Filipe Luis both leaving after the end of their contracts, while Lucas Hernandez has been sold to Bayern Munich after they triggered his £72million release clause.

Left-back Lodi has been signed from Athletico Paranaense in Brazil but they may look to sign a more experienced defender to help the 21-year-old adapt to LaLiga.

Diego Godin left Atletico Madrid on a free transfer
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Centre-back Felipe was brought in from Porto to bolster their options along with Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic, and Hermoso will increase competition, or possibly indicate another sale.

Santiago Arias did okay in his first campaign and was due to start ahead of Sime Vrsaljko, who returns from a loan spell, but Trippier may now usurp them both.

Midfield

There will again be several changes in this department following the departures listed above.

Marcos Llorente can help plug the gap in the middle of the pitch along with free transfer Hector Herrera from Porto.

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Marcos Llorente joined the club from arch rivals Real Madrid[/caption]

Koke has occasionally been used on the right by Simone but he may look for extra cover in that department.

Thomas Lemar will continue on the left with Saul in the middle of the pitch alongside one of Llorente or Herrera.

Attack

Atletico are likely to lose Antoine Griezmann this summer after the forward signalled his intention to leave.

Joao Felix can be seen as a direct replacement and often played as the second striker for Benfica. He is versatile, though, and has played as an attacking midfielder and out wide.

Alvaro Morata has reinvigorated his career at Atletico Madrid
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Diego Costa has fallen out of favour at the club following eight-game ban for abusing a referee. Do not be surprised if he is one player who heads for the exit this summer.

The best option to partner Felix is Alvaro Morata, who is continuing his loan spell from Chelsea but could be bought permanently.

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Liverpool were offered Marcos Llorente before he completed transfer from Real Madrid to Atletico Madrid, agent confirms

27 Jun

Liverpool were offered the opportunity to sign Marcos Llorente before he joined Atletico Madrid this summer.

The 24-year-old left Real Madrid to join their city rivals earlier this month, allegedly to replace Manchester City-bound Rodri in Atleti’s midfield.

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Llorente progressed through Real’s academy system before deciding to join Atletico for more first-team opportunities[/caption]

The midfielder signed a five-year contract with Atletico after a £35million fee was agreed between the two clubs.

Llorente managed just two appearances for Real since Zinedine Zidane returned as manager, and he appeared to be surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.

Arsenal and Manchester United were both linked with a move for the Spaniard and he was thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League.

And his agent, Julio Llorente, has now revealed he tried to secure the 24-year-old a switch to English football – with Liverpool approached over a potential summer deal for the former Spain youth international.

He told Cadena SER: “I contacted several clubs to let them know what happened, the conversation that Zidane and Marcos had.”

“One of them was Liverpool, but Marcos’ position was covered and it wasn’t a priority.

“But Atletico are those who perhaps took the strongest step and convinced us. I think we’re right. I hope it’s like that, I hope Marcos does very well.”

Llorente is in line to replace Rodri at the Wanda Metropolitano, with the former Villarreal midfielder expected to complete a £62million move to Man City over the coming weeks.