Diego Simeone has seemingly ruled out a move for Chelsea’s Fernando Torres this summer as he is satisfied with the club’s attacking options.
Atleti lost Diego Costa this summer after Chelsea came in for the man who spearheaded their attack last campaign and completed a £32million deal and they have been on the look-out for offensive additions ever since.
The likes of Mario Mandzukic, Raul Jimenez, Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa have all been signed by the La Liga outfit to fill the void left by the departure of Costa.
There was rumours that the spending wasn’t going to stop there, either, with Fernando Torres linked with a move back to the club where he made a name for himself before moving to the Premier League.
However, Simeone appears to have quashed those links in his press-conference today by saying he is happy with his current attacking line-up.
The Argentine boss said: "I'm happy. There is no point imagining situations and I think with the signing of Jimenez we have completed the characters we need in the team.
"I think that having Antoine Griezmann, Raul Garcia, Mario Mandzukic and Jimenez means we have significant offensive power."
Torres was originally considered to be set for a Chelsea exit this summer, but it looks as if he will be kept as part of the Blues squad now.
Jose Mourinho has continued to keep the faith with the Spaniard who has failed to hit top form ever since moving to Stamford Bridge for a £50million fee, which now appears excessive.
The striker has scored just 20 times in 110 appearances for Chelsea and a striker who was once considered one of the deadliest marksmen in world footballer has become an object of derision.
His form has shown little signs of improving, either, as Torres has endured a poor pre-season, where he has failed to hit the back of the net.
Mourinho clearly still has faith in him to find form, though, and has kept him at the club to provide cover for Costa – even going as far as selling Romelu Lukaku.
Whether that move will please Torres remains to be seen. The striker seems low on confidence, low on form and a shadow of his former self in England and a fresh start, as he enters the twilight of his career, may be the best option for him.
That said, it does not look a particularly viable one now and any hopes that he had of rejoining his former club have been extinguished by Simeone’s most recent comments.