Cholo Simeone is amazing since ha came to Atletico Madrid. He made a football force that belongs to the very top of European football. He brought the club two Spanish championship titles, two trophies in the Europa League, two Champions League finals, two European Super Cups, Copa del Ray, the Spanish Super Cup ...
But it is also true that he is the highest-paid coach in world football with a contract that costs Atletico Madrid 24,000,000 euros gross every year. It is also true that Simeone has made numerous failures in transfer policy in recent years.
This is especially true for offensive line players. Of the 10 most expensive offensive players he has brought in the last ten years only Radamel Falcao and Antoine Griezmann were complete players. Which cannot be said for the purchases of Nico Gaitan (25,000,000), Kevin Gameiro (32,000,000), Jackson Martinez (35,000,000), Alvaro Morata (53,000,000), the return of Diego Costa (60,000,000) euros.
And neither Thomas Lemar (72,000,000) nor Joao Felix (127,000,000) justified the huge amount of money so far. Atletico later lost money on most of the mentioned. One of them is the offensive midfielder Vitolo, who was paid 35,600,000 euros to Sevilla in the summer of 2017 and is the seventh most expensive purchase in the history of the club.
He was really great in Sevilla so he became a member of the Spanish national team and as a capital signing he arrived at Atletico, but there he seemed to be switched off.
He may also have been disturbed by the fact that he had to spend the first six months on loan in Las Palmas due to Atletico's penalty at the time.
In general, he never repeated the games from Sevilla in Atletico, nor did he fit into Simeone's specific style of football. He never even fought for starter status, even though he was paid a lot. In three and a half years in Simeone's team, he started only 27 championship matches in the starting 11, while he entered from the bench 45 times.
He scored only four goals and six assists ... He left the club for free today. He moved on loan to Getafe, where he will complete the last year of his contract with Atletico and become a free agent at the end of the season. This means that the Quilters did not earn a single euro on his sale.
But at least they got rid of his huge salary of 6,000,000 euros net per year, which cost them almost twice the gross level. The player agreed to reduce his salary by 50 percent in order to play in Getafe because the smaller Madrid club could not pay Vitolo what he had in the neighborhood.
He is the first big signing of Getafe this summer, but several more are expected in the coming days. Everything was agreed regarding the transfer of the Serbian defender Stefan Mitrović from Strasbourg and the Mexican center forward Juan Jose Macias from Chivas. Sandro Ramirez from Huesca is also a wish.