Atlético de Madrid are at a strategic crossroads and want to strengthen their defensive midfielder. Despite Koke’s recent injury, Andrea Berta, the team’s sporting director, is meticulously searching for new talent to fill the position and is determined not to get carried away by the urgency of the moment.
Koke’s injury has raised questions about stability in the Rojiblanco’s midfield. Given the imminent need, Diego Simeone could be forced to move Barrios or rely on Witsel, although the pace expected in that area may not be matched. Therefore, choosing the right signing has become a crucial priority for the club.
Although the Italian is the preferred option, the economic difficulties that have arisen in Saudi Arabia have complicated his transfer. However, Atlético de Madrid doesn’t rule out the possibility of circumstances changing in the last few days of the transfer market. The prospect of playing under Simeone and competing in the Champions League could have enough impact to convince Verratti to reconsider his situation.
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On the other hand, Tottenham’s interest in Hojbjerg is also notorious. Although the Dane is longing for a chance at Atlético, the figures offered so far were not enough for Daniel Levy, who is known for his negotiating skills. Even if he doesn’t reach Verratti’s level in terms of football, Hojbjerg could be a more viable and affordable option for the team.
Negotiations between Atlético and the teams involved are ongoing, giving the Cívitas Metropolitano some optimism. The good relations between the clubs could pave the way for an agreement to improve everyone involved. While the financial and sporting challenges are undeniable, Atlético de Madrid are aware that midfield balance is crucial to remaining competitive next season.