On the eve of Atlético Madrid's biggest game of the campaign (so far), the club's hierarchy appears to be as active as the players.
It looks like wantaway left back Guilherme Siqueira will finally get his wish for first-team football, as news broke late Friday that the Brazilian could soon find himself fighting relegation in the Premier League. Sky Sports reported that Newcastle are closing in on the 29-year-old Siqueira, and with the transfer deadline less than two days away, the deal should be concluded in short order.
Siqueira impressed on loan at Benfica and was purchased to replace Filipe Luís in the summer of 2014, but never fully acclimated to Atlético's style and structure. Siqueira was always full of energy in the attacking third but usually could not be relied upon to contribute in both attacking and defensive phases, which contributed to the imbalanced and predictable attack Atleti fans saw for the majority of 2014-15. When Filipe returned last summer, Siqueira was immediately demoted to second-choice but was coerced into staying after proposed moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus broke down. He's made one league appearance in 2015-16.
Atlético will likely use Lucas Hernández as backup to Filipe (not that they'll need him often) for the rest of the season, and the club could even purchase another left back in the summer if the transfer ban remains suspended.