In recent years, Atlético Madrid supporters have been spoiled with attacking talent. Ever since Fernando Torres came through the Atlético youth academy, Los Rojiblancos have had a steady supply of world-class strikers, including Sergio Agüero, Diego Forlán, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa. Ángel Correa, the 19 year-old versatile attacker has the talent to become the next star, in a majestic line of Atlético striking alumni, having signed from Argentinian side San Lorenzo.
As they have struggled to hold onto their key players, in the face of big-money bids from Europe's elite clubs, Atlético have been forced to develop a careful system of reinvesting the money received back into the squad. Fernando Torres' sale led the way for Forlán and Luis Garcia to join the club, Agüero paved the way for Falcao, Miranda, Gabi and Arda Turan to arrive, whilst the sale of Falcao to Monaco freed up space in the squad for Diego Costa to thrive.
If you took all the current transfer rumours surrounding Atlético Madrid at face value, they are going to struggle to field a team next year. Thibaut Courtois, Felipe Luis and Diego Costa are on their way to Chelsea, Miranda is joining Manchester United where he will link up with Turan and Diego is off to play for Fenerbaçhe. Despite unprecedented domestic and European success, the dismantling of Atlético's squad looks set to begin.
However, Atlético supporters should remain optimistic, as their club have repeatedly displayed an ability to reinvest the money in shrewd acquisitions, and they have acted quickly with the purchase of Correa, subject to a medical.
Correa is one of the hottest properties in Argentinian football, having impressed after breaking into the San Lorenzo first-team in 2013. The youngster has scored ten goals in forty-nine appearances in the Primera División, whilst playing five times as San Lorenzo came second in the Copa Argentina.
Although he has been compared to Sergio Agüero, these comparisons are not quite fitting. Correa is more of a dribbler and a playmaker than Agüero, whilst not possessing the same stockiness or natural ability infront of goal as his Argentinian counterpart does. His balance and invention are majestic, as he exhibited when scoring a fine goal against Boca Juniors. If there were any players you could compare him to at a similar age, it would be an amalgamation of Juan Román Riquelme and Ángel di María.
So whilst all the talk surrounding transfers at the Vincente Calderón are focussed on the outgoing players, Correa has quietly snuck in under the radar. With Diego Simeone as his mentor, there is no doubting Correa is set to become a star attraction in La Liga.
Hopefully for Atlético supporters, the rumours of their squad being deconstructed are inaccurate, as under Simeone, and with the addition of Correa, they can become a dynasty to repeatedly challenge the duopoly in Spain.
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