How Simeone’s side could line up next season with possible new signings.
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It has been a summer of big change at Atletico Madrid so far in this transfer window, with some big names leaving as expected, but with manager Diego Simeone also doing well so far to replace his departing stars.
With Diego Costa and Filipe Luis both signing for Chelsea and leaving big holes upfront and at left-back for the Spanish champions, Simeone has done well to act fast and bring in like-for-like replacements in those areas. Meanwhile, loan signing Thibaut Courtois has been replaced in goal after he spent three years at the Vicente Calderon before winning a place in the Chelsea first-team squad this year.
There could yet be further transfer business with the Stamford Bridge club, with talk emerging today of a possible swap deal between the two clubs, while Atletico are also said to be keen on a few more Premier League stars, which could make an intriguing new starting eleven made up of as many as eight new signings.
Goalkeeper and defence:
Pictured above, Brazilian left-back Guilherme Siqueira has come in from Granada after a season on loan at Benfica to replace Filipe Luis in that position. The 28-year-old has proven himself to be a top-class full-back with his performances in La Liga and Portugal, and he has previously attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. Joining him in defence are new goalkeeper Jan Oblak, also signed from Benfica, and the possible signing of Villarreal centre-back Mateo Musacchio, who has been attracting plenty of interest this summer after his fine performances in La Liga. Atletico are one of a number of clubs to have been linked with him, but they could face competition from Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur. Still, with Miranda possibly set to be the next big name to leave as Chelsea eye another raid on Simeone’s side, the Argentine could make a fine replacement alongside Diego Godin.