DIEGO SIMEONE is set to sign a new contract at Atletico Madrid, according to reports.
And the Argentine will immediately target a transfer for compatriot Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan.
Diego Simeone is set to extend his Atletico Madrid stayCredit: Rex
Lautaro Martinez is on Simeone’s wishlistCredit: AFP
Simeone’s current deal is set to expire at the end of next season.
According to AS, an agreement is near and Simeone will commit his future until June 2024.
Atletico had struggled during the 2019-20 season, coming third – 17 points behind winners Real Madrid.
Simeone, however, put that disappointment down to being in a ‘rebuild’ stage, and was vindicated by this season’s success.
And he wants to continue the process by adding a new centre forward this summer.
Luis Suarez’s 21 goals were crucial in winning the title for Atletico,
And the Uruguayan could be supported next term by a fellow South American.
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Simeone, 51, believes that Inter Milan star Martinez would be the perfect partner for Suarez next season.
The Inter striker acted as a perfect foil for Romelu Lukaku in Serie A, and could theoretically do the same at Atletico.
A deal will be difficult, however, with Atletico feeling the financial effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
Inter will demand at least £60million for Martinez, 23.
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