Atletico finished the job with Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese and fulfilled the main mission this summer. The next involves bringing an adequate partner to Luis Suarez at the top of the attack, while the third could be hiring a new right back.
Hence, as Marca writes, the focus is Atletico's player - Hector Bellerin(26)! It may sound illogical, having in mind that Diego Simeone is counting on three players on the right side (Kieran Trippier, Šime Vrsaljko, and the returnee from Leverkusen Santiago Arias), but the situation is quite complicated.
Colombian Arias did not play in the Bayer jersey because he was seriously injured as soon as he arrived. He is yet to return to the competitive rhythm, and that is a fact that worries Simeone. In translation - we must not rely on him.
When it comes to Šime Vrsaljko, a certain problem definitely exists. Last season, only nine games in the Primera, or 517 minutes.
On top of all that, it is a 29-year-old guy who has entered the last year of his contract.
Atletico would not mind selling him somewhere this summer and returning at least part of the money invested when they brought him from Sassuolo five years ago (14,000,000 euros). And only Vrsaljko's departure would create space for bringing in a new right-back, and when it is added that several English Premier League players are scanning Kieran Trippier (30), it is clear that Diego Simeone must be careful.
Strange as it may sound, Marca underlines that Hector Bellerin is the type of defender that Simeone likes. And what is quite important, it is speculated that Arsenal is ready to let him into the club that offers 20,000,000 euros.
There is no doubt that, at least from the financial point of view, it would be an interesting job. Atletico would get rid of one of their players, and bring the player in full force. Colombian Arias did not play in the Bayer jersey because he was seriously injured as soon as he arrived.
He is yet to return to the competitive rhythm, and that is a fact that worries Simeone. In translation - we must not rely on him. Bellerin is a great player who a couple of years ago was one of the most interesting right-backs and was the target of various European clubs.
However, injuries and a decline in form have led to fewer and fewer clubs being interested in him. Bellerin is one of the fast defenders, who can do a lot on the field and who is also good both defensively and offensively. One thing is for sure: When Simeone is interested in you, know that you are worth it