Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann have all made names for themselves at Atletico Madrid this century and if rumours are to be believed, Los Rojiblancos might have unearthed another top class forward with the signing of Racing Club frontman Lautaro Martinez.
The 20 year-old joined Racing in 2014, and went on to score 53 goals in 64 appearances for their reserve side which alerted Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid to agree a deal for the striker in 2015. Unfortunately for Los Blancos, Martinez felt he was not yet ready for such a big move and chose to remain in Argentina.
The young forward broke into Racing’s first team in November 2015, and has gone on to score 13 goals in 33 appearances, earning a reputation as the best striker in Argentina. Martinez is now ready for his big move to Europe, and with Griezmann’s future looking increasingly likely to be away from the Wanda Metropolitano, the stage could be set for Martinez to form a new strikeforce alongside the returning Diego Costa.
Martinez is quick, strong, a good finisher and strong in the air and under the guidance of fellow Argentine Diego Simeone, the stage could be set for him to be the next great Atletico Madrid striker.