World Cup → Super Cup
Antoine Griezmann is ready to enjoy his summer following France’s World Cup win in Russia. He’s so ready to relax and enjoy the beach that he’s already talking about playing in the UEFA Super Cup on Aug. 15. That’s right, our number seven just doesn’t want to quit — and quite frankly, neither do we. Hopefully he is part of the XI that takes to the pitch in Tallinn next month.
Juventus want Godín
Has buying Cristiano Ronaldo left Italian giants Juventus with less purchasing power? Not if you believe Italian reports linking the seven-time defending Serie A champions to Atlético Madrid stalwart Diego Godin. Juve are also interested in Stefan Savić — in addition to any center back over the age of 25, it appears.
Jonny deal and loan close
Reports from AS and Marca: Atlético will sign Celta Vigo full back Jonny, will be official “in the next hours” (soon). The 24-year-old could then be loaned to a Premier League side.— Into the Calderón (@intothecalderon) July 20, 2018
AS: Jonny will join Atlético on a six-year contract, agreement with Celta is for €7m plus €4m in variables. He will spend next season on loan at Wolves, mostly because Atleti do not have the space for his salary on the wage bill.— Into the Calderón (@intothecalderon) July 22, 2018
The 25-year-old has spent his entire career at Celta Vigo to this point and would have been out of contract next summer. Atlético believe in him for the future, and he stands to be the likely long-term replacement for Filipe Luís (out of contract next summer).
The first reveal
On Friday, Atlético presented their first signing of the summer to fans gathered at the Wanda Metropolitano. Rodri was greeted with cheers, a symbol of what’s to come from the young midfielder who graduated from Atlético’s academy and starred for Villarreal in 2017/18. The 22-year-old inherited the famous #14 shirt from Gabi — and from his coach Diego Simeone.
Here to win the ball and ur significant other pic.twitter.com/I9jVNxZRSu— Into the Calderón (@intothecalderon) July 20, 2018
To be determined
Nikola Kalinic could still be a red and white (and blue, but more on that later). But recent reports have Olivier Giroud as an option to come in from Chelsea. The 31-year-old just won the World Cup with Griezmann, Lucas Hernández, Thomas Lemar and France and is perhaps not a fit in new coach Maurizio Sarri’s system.
The red, white and...blue?
Finally: Atlético revealed a snazzy blue away shirt on Thursday. It’s very, very pretty — a step up from last year’s solid yellow (though that was nice also).