Atletico Madrid ‘looking to let go of SIX players this summer – including Manchester United target Saul Niguez and Jose Maria Gimenez, who has attracted interest from Chelsea’
- Atletico Madrid are planning a large player turnover this summer for next season
- First-team regulars Saul Niguez and Jose Maria Gimenez can leave the club
- Lucas Torreira is another – with the loanee wanting a return to South America
Atletico may be sitting atop of the LaLiga standings but the champions-elect are already planning for next season.
According to El Larguero, the Spanish giants are looking to let-go of at least six members of their first-team squad this summer.
Of that sextuplet, Saul Niguez and Jose Maria Gimenez are the highest-profile names that are reportedly on the transfer list.
Saul Niguez (left) and Jose Maria Gimenez are two players up for sale at Atletico Madrid
Saul has been a virtual ever-present this campaign – featuring 33 times in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side.
Gimenez has been blighted by muscle injuries this term, as well as contracting coronavirus at the start of the season, but has played 22 times for the club despite that – including Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Real Betis in LaLiga.
News about Saul’s status especially could attract Premier League interest with the midfielder a supposed Manchester United target last summer.
Gimenez was a target of Manchester City and Chelsea last summer and publicly spoke of his admiration for the latter – a feeling that had been with him since his childhood.
Completing the six are the quartet of Lucas Torreira, Sime Vrsaljko, Vitolo and Moussa Dembele.
Lucas Torreira recently announced that he wants to return to South America this summer
Torreira wants to be closer to his family after his mother died after contracting Covid-19
Torreira is currently on loan from Arsenal but has spoken of his public wish to return to South America following the death of his mother in March due to Covid-19.
Defender Vrsaljko has only played 10 times for Atletico this season, while Vitolo has only featured in 13 matches.
Dembele only joined Atletico on loan from Lyon in January but the Spanish club are yet to be convinced and favouring not to take up the option to make that deal a permanent one this summer at present.
Sime Vrsaljko (left) and Vitolo have played a bit-part role this season for the Spanish giants
Moussa Dembele is yet to convince having joined the club on loan from Lyon in January
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