Atletico Madrid is set to retain striker Fernando Torres this summer despite looking to buy two more strikers.
Reports in Spain claim the coach Diego Simeone called Torres to his office last week and he told him that he has plans for him.
The Argentine Coach has been impressive since taking over in 2011. He has been linked with numerous top sides who are offering a bigger budget and higher wages for him but he told the fans that he would remain.
The reports say Simeone spoke frankly with Torres, demanding that he brings his best next season after confirming the spot of the 33-year old in the team. Atletico are set to face a FIFA transfer ban for violating laid down regulations. They are awaiting the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to know their fate.
Torres scored in the final game of the season as Atletico finished third in the La Liga to confirm their Champions League hopes for next season. If the appeal against FIFA’s ban fails, Atletico would need Torres to lead the attack for the Rojiblanco next term. Antoine Griezmann would also likely remain at the club.
However if the appeal goes through, two more strikers are set to come in as the club moves to a new and bigger stadium. There are reports that French Ligue 1 star Alexandre Lacazette has verbally agreed to move to Atletico this summer.
Lyon president confirmed the deal but he said they would await the decision of CAS before anything formal. No fee has been announced yet but the top striker would cost in the range of €40 million.
“They are a very good team. They have been in the semi-finals of the Champions League for a few years. It’s a great club with a great stadium and players make progress there. And Griezmann is there,” Lacazette is reported to have said ahead of the deal.
He scored 28 goals in the Ligue 1 this term, only behind Edison Cavani of PSG. Lacazette netted 37 goals in 45 games in all competitions, making him one of the best strikers in Europe.