Diego Costa and Koke continue to be linked with Arsenal and Manchester United respectively. But a quick glance at Atletico Madrid’s January fixtures suggests neither will be leaving any time soon.
The arrival of midfielder Jose Sosa from FC Metalist gave United fans hope that his arrival was in preparation for the departure of a 21-year-old who has quickly been hailed as the latest solution to David Moyes’ midfield struggles.
But in truth Sosa is an addition rather than a replacement. After all, the best time to strengthen is at your peak, and Atletico are certainly somewhere close to that at the moment.
Still matching Barcelona stride-for-stride in La Liga, and preparing for a Champions League last-16 tie against AC Milan, manager Diego Simeone knows he needs to strengthen to ensure a promising start has every chance of becoming an outstanding finish.
The coach said so himself in an interview last month, when he told Spanish newspaper AS, “You always need something to improve, yes.”
Improve, not maintain; strengthen, not replace.
And considering Atletico’s January sees a double-header against Valencia in the fifth-round of the Copa del Rey and a vital – and potentially title-deciding – match against Barcelona next weekend, the possibility of selling one of his prime assets is frankly ludicrous.
Atletico could be clear at the top of the Spanish league come next Sunday. And if so, they will need every member of their impressively-assembled side to stay there.
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