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The Daily Rojiblanco: September 7, 2017

Big stadium updates plus obligatory Costa prattle.

  • Estadio Wanda Metropolitano is rounding into shape

A pair of videos released by the club yesterday show Atlético Madrid’s new stomping grounds finally looking like a proper football ground. The video below is a time lapse of the completed pitch installation. They’ve also removed the plastic coverings from the seats, so the stands are looking sharp as well.

The club also released a video showing the team room complete with player kits in the lockers. The clip does a great job of highlighting some of the exquisite details that went into the design.

If these clips don’t get you excited for the home opener in just over a week, I don’t know what will.

  • Wanda could host Spain friendly in November

In addition to serving as Atlético’s home ground, A Stadium Called Wanda will also serve as a new flagship venue for the Spain national team. A report from Marca suggests that the stadium could play host to a friendly as early as November.

The report indicates that the football federation would like to see la furia roja inaugurate the new ground with a blockbuster matchup against Neymar’s Brazil. If this fixture does materialize it will definitely be one to circle on the calendar, and a great way to introduce the new stadium to an international audience.

  • Costa/Griezmann swap? Not likely

A rumor from a Chelsea news site suggests that a January swap could see Atlético ship Antoine Griezmann off to London in part-exchange for Diego Costa. Given the partisan nature of the site and the dubious sources cited in the report, we can file this one away as unlikely.

What do you think? Taken in a vacuum, if you had the option to sign Costa OR hang on to Griezmann, which would you choose?