Atletico Madrid is reportedly in search of affordable reinforcements for the upcoming season. They have a veteran player who could be a good fit for their squad. One particular area that requires strengthening is the full-back position. Since it appears that only Nahuel Molina and Reinildo Mandava are to remain at the club for the next season.
According to reports from Diario AS, Raphael Guerreiro has been an option to Atletico Madrid. The 29-year-old left-back’s contract with Borussia Dortmund is to expire this summer. Thus, indicating his departure from the German club after spending seven years with them.
How can Guerreiro be beneficial to Atletico Madrid?
Raphael Guerreiro has been a key contributor for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season. Featuring in 75% of their league matches. With 25 appearances, he showcased his versatility by playing both as a left-midfielder and a left-back. In those games, Guerreiro has demonstrated his attacking prowess with three goals and an impressive 12 assists.
Atletico Madrid Sporting Director Andrea Berta faces the decision of pursuing Raphael Guerreiro as a potential addition to the team. While Guerreiro’s cost as a free agent may align with Berta’s preferences, his status as a veteran player could lead to higher wage demands. Thus, balancing the financial aspects of the deal with the player’s potential contributions will be a crucial consideration for Atletico Madrid’s decision-makers.
Diego Simeone’s tactical preferences and defensive mindset often lead to a more conservative approach for one full-back position. Meanwhile, players like Mario Hermoso or Reinildo Mandava, who possess defensive qualities, could get that role. Ultimately, Simeone will evaluate the specific qualities and characteristics each player brings to determine the best fit for his system.
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