Written By Onyeka Daniel
When the list of top spenders in European football is being listed, one would expect to see the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Atletico Madrid will be down the pecking order but they’re a big spender in their own rights.
They forked out €130 million to sign Portuguese wonderkid, Joao Felix from Benfica in 2019/20 and it is by far their biggest signing but they do have some other big signings too.
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Like Thomas Lemar, who was signed from Monaco for €72 million, a year before the Felix transfer and also Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann were signed for €60 and €54 million respectively from Chelsea and Real Sociedad.
When compared to their English Premier League counterparts and the top two teams in the Spanish League, it might seem small but according to the sporting director of the club, Andrea Berta, the days of huge spending are over for the club.
The Italian said this during the ‘Premio Maestrelli’ award ceremony to discuss the progress of Los Rojiblancos in recent years. He also talked about Atletico’s below-par season after winning LaLiga Santander last term and explained what the future holds for the team.
“Atletico Madrid were not used to winning and something important was built with the [Diego] Simeone cycle,” Berta said. “When you win important things, the following year you always lose something, perhaps in terms of motivation. You can’t win all the time and now you have to start again.”
“The years of big signings are over. For us the important thing will be to continue with this squad, which has value, with players who have great futures. We will have to wait for the market to get underway.” He further added.
Berta previously worked with Parma and Genoa, before joining Atletico Madrid as technical director in 2017 and four years later he was promoted to sporting director.
Young Brazilian striker, Endrick has signed a contract extension with his club, Palmeiras that’s will keep him at the club until 2025.
The 15yrs old, who is a transfer target for both Real Madrid and Barcelona also has a €60 million release clause included in the contract, according to transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano.
According to Romano, Endrick is expected to leave the club when he clocks 18yrs and is considered by many to be the most exciting talent to come out of Brazil since Neymar Junior.
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(Marca and Fabrizio Romano)