The ‘9’, a priority objective for Atlético

Although the season has just started, and the market closed only a month and a half ago, the Atlético de Madrid working on setting up the squad for the upcoming season. And one position is above the rest in terms of priorities to strengthen is concerned: the center forward.

The rojiblanco club already tried in summer to close the incorporation of a player of that profile, with the Serbian Vlahovic topping the list of preferences Andrea Berta. There was an offer to Fiorentina, but the viola entity did not want to let one of the most promising attackers on the continent leave. Atlético ended up taking the services of Matheus Cunha, that although it is not a center forward to use, it is being used by Diego Simeone in that demarcation. And it is that the Cholo wanted to have a replacement of guarantees for Luis Suarez, given the age of the Uruguayan and the physical problems that he drags, with the aim of dosing him as much as possible. In the end, he also arrived at the Metropolitano, on loan, Antoine Griezmann.

For there, this season the matter is more or less resolved, although from Atlético it is not ruled out to go to the winter market if a good opportunity arises. Another thing is what happens in summer, where the colchoneros are determined to sign a powerful ‘9’, taking into account that Luis Suarez contract ends and its continuity is not. far from it, sure.

There are two forwards who figure in a privileged place on the sports director’s agenda, Andrea Berta. One remains Dusan Vlahovic. With a contract until 2023 with Fiorentina, the Serbian already made it clear to his club months ago that he did not intend to renew the contract. Two months ago they refused to transfer him for less than 80 million, an amount that Atlético did not reach. But when the season is over, they will have no choice but to sit down and negotiate.

Juventus is the main obstacle that mattresses have to achieve their signing. La Vecchia Signora wants to go seriously for the Balkan and, in addition, to this day this is the first option of the footballer. But Fiorontina prefers to transfer him abroad rather than to Juventus.

The other name that continues to be on the agenda is Lautaro Martinez. The Argentine also ends a contract with him Inter de Milan in 2023 and although the intention of the club is to renew the bond, and there is even a predisposition on the part of the player, the option of Atlético seduces him enormously.

There are more names, but these two are the ones they like the most now in the Metropolitan, from where they have been interested in the Nigerian Paul Onuachu, from Genk, although his arrival, which would be around 20 million euros, would never be to have a relevant role, since Atlético wants to give it to a ‘9’ category.

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