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Atletico Madrid Summer Transfer 2021

Can a team ever feel complete after a summer of buying, selling, and loaning players? Read on to find out more about the Atlético de Madrid Transfers 20/21.

The following statement might be hard to keep up with, but it’s definitely a fact: Ateltico Madrid is currently Spain’s best football team!

They won the 2020/21 La Liga title, while Barcelona and

Real Madrid

have been both experiencing the down side of life. Diego Simeone’s team is neither weakened nor looted in 2021 summer, but they are rather reinforced.

Atletico de Madrid transfers 20/21 does not include any departure of a key player, except for Saul Niguez’s loan move to Chelsea, and it does involve a number of great signings, such as the return of

Antoine Griezmann

with a loan move, the arrival of Rodrigo De Paul, and signing with Matheus Cunha from Hertha Berlin.

A busy summer of spending and loan deals ended with La Liga champions stronger than they were and they are currently the runaway favorites for La Liga and one of Europe’s strongest teams. Keep reading to learn more about Atletico Madrid 2021 summer transfer details, the players involved in the club’s this summer transfer, and brief overviews about their performances.

Atletico Madrid 2021 Summer Transfer:

In this article, we are going to discuss Atletico Madrid 2021 summer transfer, the players who joined in, who left permanently, and the ones left the club on loan or are back from loan. Moreover, we are going to take a look at their performances during the last season as well as the probable reasons behind them being transferred.

Players in:

Atletico Madrid transfers list 2021. Keep reading to find out about

Atletico Madrid transfer news

and all players bought.

Rodrigo De Paul: from Udinese to Atletico Madrid

  • Full name: Rodrigo Javier de Paul

  • Date of birth: 24 May 1994 (age 27)

  • Place of birth: Sarandí, Argentina

  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

  • Position(s): Midfielder

Atletico Madrid confirm the signing of Rodrigo De Paul from the Italian club for a transfer fee of €35.00m. He is regarded as one of the best signings on the

list of Spanish football transfers summer 2021


The Argentinean player was one of the best midfielders among all of the European leagues. He scored 9 goals and provided 11 assists in 36 Serie A games for Udinese in 2020/21.

Moreover, De Paul helped Argentina won the 2021 Copa America this summer, and he was one of the most pivotal players in the triumph, which was Argentina’s first title after 28 years. De Paul left Udinese after 4 years and while he was the club’s captain (replacing

Kevin Lasagna

in the December of 2020).

Furthermore, the versatile player had scored 34 goals and provided 36 assists within 184 games for the Italian side.

In addition, his style of play seems to be perfectly fit with Diego Simeone’s tactics at Atletico, which alongside the fact that they are both Argentinean can help them build a mutual understanding that results in De Paul’s success at Spain’s capital.

De Paul’s current market value according to transfermarkt.com is €40.00m, which means that Atletico has paid money less than his actual value in today’s market, which is something very rare these days.

Matheus Cunha: from Herths BSC to Atletico Madrid

  • Full name: Matheus Santos Carneiro da Cunha

  • Date of birth: 27 May 1999 (age 22)

  • Place of birth: João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

  • Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

The Brazilian center forward came to Wanda Metropolitano from Hertha BSC for a transfer fee of €30.00m. The 22 – year- old player had featured in 40 games for the German’s capital club within his 1 and a half season spell at Olympiastadion, scored 13 goals, and provided 10 assists.

Moreover, he represented Brazil national team in 2020 Olympics games and helped them won the gold medal this summer, where by scoring 3 goals and providing 1 assist,

Matheus Cunha

played an important role in achieving the feat.

The club described their new signing as "a versatile player who can play in various positions -- as a striker, winger or even attacking midfielder." Cunha netted 7 goals and provided 5 assists in 20/21 Bundesliga season. He had been playing for RB Leipzig before joining Hertha BSC in the January of 2020, where he scored 9 in 52 appearances.

Now with him being added to the club’s squad in

Atletico Madrid 2021 summer transfer

window, Diego Simeone – whose favorite formation is 4 – 4 – 2 – has a number of world class attackers to put in the squad for the front two position : Luis Suarez,

Joao Felix

, Anjel Correa, Antoine Griezmann, and Matheus Cunha.

Marcos Paulo: from Fluminense to Atletico Madrid (then loaned out to Famalicao)

  • Full name: Marcos Paulo Costa do Nascimento

  • Date of birth: 1 February 2001 (age 20)

  • Place of birth: São Gonçalo, Brazil

  • Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s): Forward

The 20 – year – old left winger was bought as one of the free signings of

Atletico Madrid

2021 summer transfer. Paulo is a Brazilian- born Portuguese young talent who impressed football lovers during 2020 Brazilian Serie A, where he scored 3 goals and provided 3 assists within 24 games for Fluminense.

Moreover he had scored 4 and recorded 4 assists in 2019 Serie A. Atletico de Madrid signed him in the summer of 2021 with a 5 – year contract and immediately loaned him out to the Portuguese side Famalicao for 1 year. Although Paulo has been born in Brazil, he has played for Portugal national team in youth levels.

Antoine Griezmann: on loan from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid

  • Full name: Antoine Griezmann

  • Date of birth: 21 March 1991 (age 30)

  • Place of birth: Mâcon, France

  • Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)

  • Position(s): Forward

The French attacker returned to Atletico on a season – long loan move after his 2 – year spell at


. Atletico holds an option to buy him permanently for €40.0 million at the end of the 2021/22 season, and according to Juan Laporta, FC Barcelona’s president, if the Frenchman takes part in at least 50% of Atletico’s matches this season, the buy-clause will become obligatory.

Blaugrana signed with Greizmann in the summer of 2019 with a transfer fee of €120 million from Atletico de Madrid, making him the 5th-most expensive player of all time. However, he has not been able to repeat his astonishing performances in Barcelona’s shirt.

Griezmann featured in 102 games for Barcelona within 2 seasons, and by scoring 35 goals and providing 17 assists, did not live up the expectations of Barca fans, and made them believe that he was not worth the money. He has now returned to his former club as one of the most interesting arrivals in

Atletico Madrid 2021 summer transfer


Within his first spell at Madrid, he appeared in 257 games, scored 133 goals and provided 50 assists. In 2019/20

Luis Suarez

and Antoine Griezmann were FC Barcelona’s main attackers, and they are again teammates for 2021/22 season, this time, in Atletico Madrid, the winner of 2020/21 La Liga title, reinforced for the following season.

The French forward re-signed with Los Colchoneros on a two-year loan which holds an option to buy at the end of it.

This is the outcome Griezmann desired from the beginning of the summer, despite rumored Premier League interest in his services, and Simeone now has the luxury of being able to play Joao Felix, Griezmann, and Luis Suarez together.

“I haven’t slept for about 10 days, waiting for this moment,” Griezmann said after training under Diego Simeone for the first time in over two years.

“I’ll give it my all in every match to repay the big effort they’ve made for me to be able to return,” Griezmann said. “It was easy for me — knowing that Atleti wanted me back, I only wanted to return. It’s the best place for me, where I can be happy on and off the pitch,” he continued.

Benjamin Lecomte: on loan from Monaco to Atletico Madrid

  • Full name: Benjamin Lecomte

  • Date of birth: 26 April 1991 (age 30)

  • Place of birth: Paris, France

  • Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s): Goalkeeper

The 30 – year – old French goal keeper made a loan move for 1 season to Spain’s capital from Monaco. He was the first choice keeper at the French club, where he featured in 28 League 1 games last season, within which Lecomte conceded 27 goals and kept 13 clean sheets.

However, he made his decision to come to Wanda Metropolitano where

Jan Oblak

is the irreplaceable goal keeper of the line-up. Perhaps Diego Simeone gives him some play time in Copa del Rey.

Players out:

Atlético de Madrid Transfers 20/21

. Keep reading to find out about Atletico Madrid transfer news and all players sold!

Saul Niguez: on loan from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea

  • Full name: Saúl Ñíguez Esclápez

  • Date of birth: 21 November 1994 (age 26)

  • Place of birth: Elche, Spain

  • Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Midfielder

The departures of Saul Niguez is indubitably one of the most notable happenings among Atletico de Madrid transfers 20/21. The 26 – year – old left Spain’s titleholders to join


in 2021 transfer summer’s deadline day as one of the most remarkable items of Atletico Madrid transfer news.

He joined the Blue’s for a season – long loan with an initial loan fee of €5.0 million, and Chelsea also has the option to buy him permanently with an additional €35.0 million. Saul has been an Atletico Madrid player from 2008 when he joined the club’s U17 team from Real Madrid’s youth academy.

He found his way to the senior team, where he has made a total of 340 games for the club. Moreover, the Spanish midfielder has scored 43 goals and provided 20 assists with Atletico’s shirt. Furthermore, he has helped his team won 2 Europa League titles, 1 La Liga trophy, 1 Spanish Cup, 1 Spanish Super Cup, and 1 UEFA Super Cup.

Saul will be under Atletico’s contract until 2026, and we have to wait and see of Chelsea signs him permanently at the end of the season or not. He was also linked to some other clubs such as FC Barcelona and

Manchester United

this summer.

Nicolás Ibáñez: from Atletico Madrid to CF Pachuca

  • Full name: Nicolás Alejandro Ibáñez

  • Date of birth: 23 August 1994 (age 27)

  • Place of birth: Venado Tuerto, Argentina

  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

  • Position(s): Centre-forward

The Argentinean Center forward was sold to the Mexican club

CF Pachuca

with a transfer fee of €3.00m. He joined Atletico Madrid from another Mexican club, San Luis, in 2019.

But he has been loaned to the same club for the last 2 seasons – 2019/20 and 2020/21. Ibanez leaves Atletico without making a single appearance for the club. He has scored 57 goals within 115 games for San Luis.

Francisco Montero: from Atletico Madrid to Besiktas

  • Full name: Francisco Javier Montero Rubio

  • Date of birth: 14 January 1999 (age 22)

  • Place of birth: Seville, Spain

  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

  • Position(s): Defender

The 22 – year – old Spanish defender is sold to the Turkish side


for €750 Th. He also played for Besiktas in 2020/21 season on loan from Atletico Madrid, where he made 13 appearances and seemingly convinced the club to sign him permanently.

Montero was a product of Atletico’s youth academy, but could never fix his place in the senior team. He has only made 14 appearances for the club, and he is now leaving them in

Atletico Madrid 2021 summer transfer


Manu Sanchez: on loan from Atletico Madrid to CA Osasuna

  • Full name: Manuel Sánchez de la Peña

  • Date of birth: 24 August 2000 (age 21)

  • Place of birth: Madrid, Spain

  • Height: 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Position(s): Left back

Sanchez was loaned out to Osasuna from the January of 2021 until the end of 2020/21 season. And now, the 2 clubs have agreed to extend the loan contract for 1 further year.

The 21 – year – old left back – who is a product of Ateltico youth academy- played in 16 La Liga games for Osasuna last season alongside providing 4 assists, showed a good performance.

Vitolo: on loan from Atletico Madrid to Getafe

  • Full name: Víctor Machín Pérez

  • Date of birth: 2 November 1989 (age 31)

  • Place of birth: Las Palmas, Spain

  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s): Winger, forward

With the arrival of Antoine Griezmann and Matheus Cunha, Vitolo figured there’s no place for him in the squad. Hence, he decided to join


on a season – long loan move.

He has played in 101 games for the club, scored 7 goals and provided 9 assists.


only featured in 10 La Liga games in 20/21, and hopes he can get ore on – the – field time in Getafe.

Ivo Grbic: on loan from Atletico Madrid to LOSC Lille

  • Full name: Ivo Grbić

  • Date of birth: 18 January 1996 (age 25)

  • Place of birth: Split, Croatia

  • Height: 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)

  • Position(s): Goalkeeper

The tall Croatian goal keeper made a loan – move to France to play for the titleholders Lille until the summer of 2022. Atletico added him to their squad in the summer of 2020 from the Croatian side NK Lokomotiva for a transfer fee of €3.50m.

However, he only played in 1 match – in Copa del Rey – throughout 2020/21 season. With regard to the fact that Lille has sold their No. 1 goal keeper Mike Maignan to

AC Milan

, Grbic has more chance of playing in the French club.

Nehuen Perez: from Atletico Madrid to Udinese Calcio

  • Full name: Patricio Nehuén Pérez

  • Date of birth: 24 June 2000 (age 21)

  • Place of birth: Hurlingham, Argentina

  • Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s): Centre-back

Atletico Madrid bought the young center back from Argentinos Jrs. for €2.0m in the summer of 2018, and has been loaning him out ever since.

Perez spent 2020/21 season playing for

Granada CF

on loan from Atletico, where he played in a total of 26 games. The 21 – year – old defender is now loaned out to the Italian side Udinese for the upcoming season.

Santiago Arias: on loan from Atletico Madrid to Granada CF

  • Full name: Santiago Arias Naranjo

  • Date of birth: 13 January 1992 (age 29)

  • Place of birth: Medellín, Colombia

  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Position(s): Right-back

Atletico and Granada have agreed on a season – long loan move for the Colombian right back Santiago Arias in 2021 summer. The 29 – year – old player spent the last season in the German side Bayer Leverkusen, but he only played in 1 game for them.

Arias joined Atletico in the summer of 2018 from

PSV Eindhoven

, and he appeared in 51 game within his 2 season at the club before being loaned out to Leverkusen. He has now returned to La Liga for 21/22 season to recover his lost form.

Victor Mollejo: on loan from Atletico Madrid to CD Tenerife

  • Full name: Víctor Mollejo Carpintero

  • Date of birth: 21 January 2001 (age 20)

  • Place of birth: Alcázar de San Juan, Spain

  • Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)

  • Position(s): Winger

Mollejo is another player raised in Atletico Madrid Academy who has been being loaned out by the club. The 20 – year – old right winger spent the half of the 20/21 season at Getafe, where he played in only 4 games, and moved to Segunda Division club Mallorca for the rest of 20/21 season in the February, where he appeared in 10 games and scored 2 goals. Mollejo has now joined another Spanish La Liga.2 club CD Tenerife to have more playing time in 21/22 season.

Alex Werner: from Atletico Madrid to Elche CF

  • Full name: Axel Wilfredo Werner

  • Date of birth: 28 February 1996 (age 25)

  • Place of birth: Rafaela, Argentina

  • Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)

  • Position(s): Goalkeeper

The Argentinean player is another departed player in Atletico Madrid 2021 summer transfer. He has spent 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons playing for the Mexican club San Luis on loan from Atletico Madrid, and as his contract ended this summer, he joined


in a free transfer.

On 20 August 2016, Werner signed a five-year contract with La Liga club Atlético Madrid, being immediately loaned to Boca Juniors for one season, and was then loaned out to Huesca and Malaga before his move to Mexico. The 25 – year – old keeper only played in 3 games for Atletico Madrid: 2 in 2017/18 Europa League, and 1 in the same season’s La Liga.

Players leaving Atletico Madrid as their loan contracts end:

Atletico Madrid transfers list 2021. Keep reading to find out about Atletico Madrid transfer news and all players who left the club after their loan contracts ended!

Lucas Torreira: back from loan from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal (loaned out again to Fiorentina)

  • Full name: Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua

  • Date of birth: 11 February 1996 (age 25)

  • Place of birth: Fray Bentos, Uruguay

  • Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)

  • Position(s): Midfielder

The Uruguayan defensive midfielder played for Atletico Madrid in 2020/21 season on a season – long loan from the English club


. He featured in a total of 26 games for the club throughout the season, and helped them achieve the La Liga title.

The 25 – year – old player returned to Emirates Stadium and was immediately loaned out to the Italian side Fiorentina for 21/22 season by the Gunners.

Moussa Dembele: back from loan from Atletico Madrid to Olympique Lyon

  • Full name: Moussa Dembélé

  • Date of birth: 12 July 1996 (age 25)

  • Place of birth: Pontoise, France

  • Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

Moussa Dembele

joined Atletico from


in the January of 2020 to play for them for the rest of 2020/21 season, at the end of which they won they were crowned the Spanish champions. He only featured in a total of 7 games for the reds and whites of Madrid, but failed to score a goal.

Dembele had played in a total of 112 games for the French side, scored 48 goals and provided 13 assists before his short spell at Spain’s capital, and now the 25 – year – old returnee has the opportunity to improve his stats at Lyon.

What you read was a comprehensive article on the topic of Atletico Madrid transfer news of 2021 summer, and the following is a brief overall of their transfers:

  • The sum of money spent: €75.00m

  • Average age of arrivals: 24.2

  • Total market value of arrivals: €178.90m (according to transfermarkt.com)

  • The sum of money earned:   €8.75m

  • Average age of departures: 24.2

  • Total market value of departures: €127.20m (according to transfermarkt.com)




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