Atletico Madrid have reportedly stepped up and made a €16 million bid for Torino and Italy international forward, Alessio Cerci, according to Italian sources.
Since winning the Liga title last season, the likes of Diego Costa, Adrian and David Villa have all left the club, which means Atletico are chasing down new attacking options.
They have added Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic to their ranks but manager Diego Simeone will want more if he is to repeat last last seasons outstanding achievements.
The Spanish giants are pressing hard and are preparing an improved €16 million bid - €4 million more than their previous one. Should any other clubs seriously consider signing Cerci, they must now act fast. However, sources suggest that this new and improved bid is still under Torino's valuation of the forward, which currently stands firmly at €20 million.
The 26-year-old is one one Europe's hot properties and Atletico will have to act fast if they are to pen a deal with the Italian.
Overall, if this deal does in-fact happen, I prefer the combination of Mario Mandzukic and Alessio Cerci rather than last seasons duo of Diego Costa and David Villa.
Whether or not the pair will work as hard defensively which was a key factor to the clubs achievements last year is hard to say as of yet, however it is likely you will see just as many goals, possibly more.
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