Atletico have news for Chelsea, United & Liverpool over targeted players

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have no need to sell, says CEO Angel Gil Marin in new statement perhaps released to deter Manchester United from bidding for their players.

For good and for bad, Atletico Madrid are experiencing a turning point in their history.

The good? They broke up the duopoly Real Madrid and Barcelona exerted onto the Primera Division as Atleti are champions of La Liga having collected 90 points after 38 match-days, a haul superior to second place Barcelona by three points.

The bad? A number of their modestly-paid superstars have attracted the attention of Europe's elite - most notably from the Premier League.

The Champions League finalists can do little about losing Tiago Mendes as the midfielder will likely utilise transfer away on a Bosman.

However, Atletico may well have to fend off substantial interest in Saul Niguez (Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton - Daily Mail), Filipe Luis and Diego Costa (both Chelsea - The Guardian and Daily Star respectively), Miranda (Manchester United - Metro) and Arda Turan (Manchester United and Liverpool - The Express).

Atletico's brand of football embodies their manager Diego Simeone's fighting spirit and this will likely have to transition into the board room also, with CEO Angel Gil Marin also putting up a fight when it comes to their players - and Marin has a message for those looking to bid; Atletico are not in a position where they need to sell. 

"Our club does not need to sell any member of the first-team squad to improve the balance sheet," said Marin to the club's official website. "We understand why other clubs are interested in our players, as it is normal after the season we have just had that the most powerful clubs in the world are interested in them.

"We also understand that the players that have been key to our great season will want to improve and we are ready to improve their contracts within the possibilities of this club."

There are situations where contractual negotiations may not be enough, as may possibly be the case with Costa, who could be on the cusp of joining Jose Mourinho's Blues in West London, should Roman Abramovic bank-roll the estimated £32m it would cost to activate the Brazil-born Spaniard's release clause.

"For those who do not want to continue, we can only point them in the direction of their release clauses," concluded Marin. "Those who want to leave the club must do so against the wishes of Atletico."

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