MADRID – Atletico Madrid officially signed Moussa Dembélé as a new mattress player.
As confirmed by ESPN, the French attacker arrives on loan from Olympique Lyon until June 30 for one million euros with a purchase clause of 33 million.
“Atlético de Madrid has reached an agreement with Olympique de Lyon for the loan of Moussa Dembélé for the remainder of the season. The footballer, born in Pontoise (France, July 12, 1996), underwent a medical examination at the University of Navarra Clinic before becoming a new rojiblanco player ”, the rojiblanco team communicated through their website.
Dembélé, 24, comes to Atlético to cover the loss of Diego Costa after last December 29 the mattress club and the Brazilian forward reached an agreement to terminate his contract.
However, Diego Simeone will have to wait a few weeks to be able to count on his new signing since Dembélé arrives with an arm injury (broken radius) that has prevented him from playing with Olympique de Lyon since last December 19.
After passing recognition with the colchoneros, Dembélé will continue to recover to fight with Luis Suárez, Joao Felix and Ángel Correa for a position up front.
As ESPN has learned, Simeone’s intention is to try to introduce Dembélé into the team’s dynamics as soon as possible but he is aware that his best level will come in the medium term. In fact, the player himself knows that it will not be easy to arrive and immediately replace a Diego Costa who is still in Lagarto (Brazil) waiting to specify a new destination.
The Atleti coaching staff applauds the hiring of Dembele because he goes into space very well and because of his scoring nose. In the 2018-2019 season he scored 15 goals and last year he scored 16. However, this season, he has barely scored a goal due to disagreements with the OL coach and he had been looking for a way out for some time.
Atleti manages to shore up their forward in this way so that both Joao Félix and Luis Suárez can rotate in the second part of the season. Atleti, who will face Chelsea in the knockout stages of the Champions League, are already winter champions in La Liga, with four points ahead of Real Madrid, and with two games less than what they have at the mattress club many expectations placed on winning the title again.