Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban upheld

Atletico Madrid are in for one difficult summer transfer window, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport upholding the ban imposed by FIFA for the signing of underage players.

It now means Diego Simeone is unable to sign any players until the January transfer window in 2018, at a time where it looks like Atleti will be depleted of several of their top players – standard summer, then.

Antoine Griezmann is seemingly more than happy to undo any goodwill he has built up with the Atletico Madrid fans over the years, with the French striker just about stopping short of saying: “Jose! Over here! Jose!”

When pressed about the possibility of moving to Manchester United, and asked on the likelihood on a scale of one to 10, the French international replied: “Six.”

A release fee clause of £87million leaves Simeone & co powerless to stop their lynchpin leaving. Furthermore, the deal in place for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette will have to be shelved, which is music to the ears of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fans – although the striker, who managed 28 goals in Ligue 1 this season, has previously said he wants Champions League football.

With Atletico Madrid unable to stop the exodus – Theo and Lucas Hernandez are expected to move this summer, too – it will be a real test of Diego Simeone’s managerial prowess: a manager famous for building defensively solid and resolute teams, but without Griezmann’s creative spark in front of goal, and Kevin Gameiro proving to not be the man to lead the line, is La Liga back to its El Clasico two-horse race?