Atlético Madrid target Geis to reinforce midfield options
The club are scouring the market to find someone to partner Koke. Tielemans, Camarasa and Ozan Tufan are the other options on their shortlist.
Atlético Madrid continue working to reinforce the team. They will sign a defensive midfielder to accompany Koke in the middle of the park. The club’s sports management team, which is headed by Andrea Berta and Caminero, are considering the name of Johannes Geis, according to the newspaper Bild. The Mainz midfielder has been one of the breakout stars in the Bundesliga. He has spent two seasons playing in Mainz’s axis in the top tier of German football. He has some of the biggest clubs monitoring him and in Germany they consider him to be Schweinsteiger’s long-term successor in the national team.
Roma, Lazio and Schalke are also behind him. “I have nothing signed. I am focused on the European Under-21 Championship, I have two more years on my contract with Mainz and I am happy there,” he said in Bild. He is an all-action midfielder that would carry out ball-winning work so that Koke would be able to manage the team on the field and direct the Atleti attack from the middle of the park. However, Atleti are continuing to look at other options. Youri Tielemans, Víctor Camarasa and Ozan Tufan are all on the Spanish capital club’s agenda ahead of next season.
Simeone will need at least one more player, in addition to Koke, Tiago and Gabi, to cover a position in midfield. Mario Suárez will leave the team and therefore, Cholo needs another player. Due to the age of Gabi and Tiago, the club will gamble on a young pearl who the coach can try to draw the best out of. The two veterans of the Atleti midfield are both over 30: the Spaniard is 31 and the Portuguese is 34. And Atleti want a midfield lung who can withstand a season that is as demanding as the one that is looming.
Tielemans costs €20m
One of the preferred options for the centre of the park is Anderlecht’s great young promise Tielemans. The Belgian signed a new-five year deal recently. To lure him away from Brussels, Atlético would have to pay a fee close to €20m. The midfielder is highly sought-after and important teams such as Mourinho’s Chelsea and Wenger’s Arsenal have already enquired about him.