It looks like Uruguayan star Edinson Cavani is back on Atletico Madrid’s radar for the summer.
This is not the first time he has been linked to the ‘Rojiblancos’ but given their struggles in front of goal this season Diego Simeone might be forced to go back in the transfer market for a more natural “number 9”.
Marca are reporting that for a deal to take place, it will cost close to €50million to prize him away, as ‘El Matador’ has a deal that runs until 2018 and cost the Parisian side €64million in 2013. However, seeing as Atleti recouped close to €40million by selling Jackson Martinez to Guangzhou Evergrande, the money may not be too much of an issue.
“Cholo” Simeone has tried many different combinations up front to solve the attacking conundrum and to share the goal scoring load with Antoine Griezmann, who has scored nearly half of Atleti’s goals this season. Young Argentinian Luciano Vietto, who had a good season with Villareal last season arrived for €20 million, and has bags of potential.
For one reason or another, it just hasn’t worked for him yet. Another youngster to have an opportunity was Angel Correa, who has shown glimpses of brilliance playing behind Griezmann, but it’s the aging Fernando Torres who seems to give the side that better shape and allow Griezmann freedom to roam and link up play.
With only 42 goals scored so far in La Liga and Simeone not really convinced he can rely on “El Nino” for another season, it looks as if going back in for Cavani will not just strengthen the side overall in terms of shape, but will give them a better balance between a rock solid defence and hard working, but goalscoring front line that he hasn’t had since Diego Costa left for Chelsea.