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Atletico Madrid transfer news: How Diego Simeone’s side could line-up next season with Joao Felix and without Antoine Griezmann


Joao Felix became the fifth most expensive player in history on Wednesday when his £113million transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid was completed.

The 19-year-old may only have one full season of first-team football to his name but he is widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in world football.

Felix has been compared to AC Milan and Brazil legend Kaka
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He netted 20 goals in all competitions in the 2018/19 campaign for the Portuguese side and earned his first call-up to the national team.

The transfer will certainly soften the blow of Antoine Griezmann’s impending departure.

Midfielder Rodri is also set to leave the club after Manchester City activated his £62.8million release clause.

Lucas Hernandez also left the club earlier in the summer when his £72million move to Bayern Munich was completed.

Jan Oblak had reportedly criticised the club’s hierarchy for their lack of ambition but this certainly makes a huge statement of intent.

Atletico even paid more than the forward’s release clause so they could land their target.


Felix is not the only player to be signed by Diego Simone this summer as Marcos Llorente joined from Real Madrid for £27million.

Felipe was signed from Porto for £18million while midfielder Hector Herrera joined on a free transfer.

Here at talkSPORT.com we have taken a look at how Atletico Madrid could line-up next season.

GoalkeeperJan Oblak is likely to be the number one choice next season despite reports of his ambition to leave the club.

He was said to have been unhappy with the amount of key players leaving the club but with several signings in recent days this attitude may have changed.

Jan Oblak is the current number one at Atletico
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Defence

There will be some changes in Simeone’s defence next season with Diego Godin and Filipe Luis both leaving after the end of their contracts, while Lucas Hernandez has been sold to Bayern Munich after they triggered his £72million release clause.

Left-back Renan Lodi has been signed from Athletico Paranaense in Brazil but they may look to sign a more experienced defender to help the 21-year-old adapt to LaLiga.

Diego Godin left Atletico Madrid on a free transfer
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Centre-back Felipe was brought in from Porto to bolster their options along with Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic.

Santiago Arias impressed in his first playing at right-back and will likely keep his place in the side ahead of Sime Vrsaljko.

Midfield

There will again be several changes in this department following the departures of Rodri, Gelson Martins, and Luciano Vietto.

Marcos Llorente can help plug the gap in the middle of the pitch along with free transfer Hector Herrera from Porto.

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Marcos Llorente joined the club from arch rivals Real Madrid[/caption]

Koke has occasionally been used on the right by Simone but he may look for extra cover in that department.

Thomas Lemar will continue on the left with Saul in the middle of the pitch alongside one of Llorente or Herrera.

Attack

Atletico are likely to lose Antoine Griezmann this summer after the forward signalled his intention to leave.

Joao Felix can be seen as a direct replacement and often played as the second striker for Benfica. He is versatile, though, and has played as an attacking midfielder and out wide.

Alvaro Morata has reinvigorated his career at Atletico Madrid
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Diego Costa has fallen out of favour at the club following eight-game ban for abusing a referee. Do not be surprised if he is one player who heads for the exit this summer.

The best option to partner Felix is Alvaro Morata, who is continuing his loan spell from Chelsea but could be bought permanently.

How Atletico Madrid might line-up in 2019/20

How Atletico Madrid could line-up next season
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