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Atletico Madrids midfield puzzle – MARCA.com

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31/05/2021

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In the days following Atletico Madrid‘s LaLiga Santander title win, it is Los Colchoneros’ midfield which is the biggest talking point in terms of planning for next season.

The middle of the park has some questions to be answered and will once again be an area that requires close attention from Diego Simeone before the new season.

On the last day of the 2020 summer transfer window, Thomas Partey was sold to Arsenal and Lucas Torreira moved in the opposite direction on loan. Now, Torreira is on his way back to Arsenal and Atleti will have to rejig their midfield options once more.

A host of names have already been linked with Los Colchoneros, including Rodrigo de Paul, Rodrigo Bentancur, Renato Tapia and even Torreira again.

In the case of De Paul, initial contact may already have been made between Atleti and Udinese but it is still early days and reports in Italy suggest the Spanish champions face stiff competition for the midfielder who has had an excellent season.

It is not just midfield arrivals that are being talked about, however, with some departures also a possibility.

If Saul does indeed seek a new challenge elsewhere, that would change everything and require an even bigger effort to rebuild the engine room, while compensating for the loss of one of the team’s most emblematic players.

Hector Herrera, heavily linked with a move away last year, could once again be near the exit door as well.

Whatever happens, Atleti have a midfield puzzle to solve this summer, something which they are getting used to after the departures of Thomas, Rodri and Gabi in recent years.

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