Atletico Madrid News: Though the transfer window is shut now, Diego Simeone is still looking for a striker to sign him in the January window.
Atletico Madrid‘s final third is still looking weak and the club is inconsistent in front of the goal.
Simeone had options like Raul de Tomas but the fee left the Madrid club out of the race to get his signature. Tomas has now joined Rayo Vallecano after a disputed and forced transfer.
The red and white Madrid is still studying the possibility of adding a new forward to their ranks in order to expand alternatives options in the final third.
Atletico Madrid Transfer News: Why Do Atletico Need a Striker?
There is no doubt about Alvaro Morata’s undisputed role in the number nine position. But their record signing Joao Félix is more like a center-forward than a striker.
Griezmann’s contract clause has limited his game time even if he likes to feature.
Matheus Cunha is still a young player who needs more time to develop to be a regular. For some reason, Angel Correa is featuring lesser than last season.
Real Madrid’s Solution
But the arch-rival Real Madrid has the probable solution for Atletico’s hunt for a striker. Real is looking to offload all the fringe players who rarely feature for the club. Mariano Diaz is one of them.
Los Blancos has already offloaded Luca Jovic from their squad on a free transfer to Fiorentina. Borja Mayoral is another name, that has been sold to Getafe by Madrid.
Simeone is in the market in search of a cheaper option in the forward position.
Mariano Diaz fits the bill. He will also suit Simeone’s style. Carlo Ancelotti has no plan with Mariano and Madrid has transfer-listed him for a long time.
The Spanish-Dominican attacker’s agent, David Aranda, did not receive any suitable offer for his client in the summer window. But he held talks with the Turkish giant Fenerbache.
Though Aranda denied “having spoken to anyone”, rumours suggested that they offered a €5 million per year contract. There was also interest from Celta de Vigo, but nothing came out of it.
Atletico Madrid Transfer News: Mariano Diaz’s Difficult Madrid Spell
Real Madrid will prefer to cash in on Mariano, as his contract will expire next summer. Atletico previously benefitted from the Madrid Castilla player like Saul, Marcos Llorente, and Álvaro Morata. The club is hopeful that this transfer will not be a miss as well.
Mariano Diaz was a panic buy from Real Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. At that moment, he was given the number 7 kit but did not reach anywhere near the former Madrid great. After arriving in 2018 from Lyon, he appeared only in 42 matches and scored 6 goals. This is the best time for him to leave his dream club behind.