Atletico Madrid to confirm Dembele arrival, says Simeone – Soccer News

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Diego Simeone mentioned LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid are poised to substantiate the signing of Lyon ahead Moussa Dembele.

Atletico and Lyon have been in “very superior” negotiations concerning a deal that can see Dembele transfer to the Wanda Metropolitano on mortgage with an possibility to purchase.

Atleti will reportedly have the opportunity to safe Dembele for a €35million price ought to the previous France Beneath-21 worldwide impress on mortgage earlier than the top of the season.

Dembele has scored simply as soon as in 16 Ligue 1 video games for Lyon this season, having hit 24 in 46 throughout all competitions in 2019-20.

Simeone was requested about Dembele following Tuesday’s 2-Zero LaLiga victory over Sevilla within the Spanish capital.

“It is vitally superior,” Atletico head coach Simeone mentioned post-match. “We’re going to affirm it.”

Atletico prolonged their lead atop LaLiga to 4 factors due to objectives from Angel Correa and Saul Niguez in opposition to visiting Sevilla.

Correa broke the impasse within the 17th minute earlier than Atletico team-mate Saul put the outcome past doubt with 14 minutes remaining.

Of Correa’s objectives for Atletico, 19 out of 39 throughout all competitions have been the opening objective of a match, per Opta.

Atletico, in the meantime, are one of many two groups with probably the most clear sheets within the prime 5 European leagues this season (11 in 16 fixtures) – degree with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

On Saul, who has solely began seven of 13 LaLiga video games this time period, Simeone mentioned: “Like every part in life, the primary one who has to need to get out of the issue is oneself and Saul loves it.

“He knew he was not nicely and has at all times labored. Since he was 18 years outdated, he has needed to dwell issues superb and now he has to dwell one other and Saul helps himself and is already getting out of the state of affairs he was in.”

Simeone was named one of the best coach of the last decade by the Worldwide Federation of Soccer Historical past and Statistics (IFFHS) this week.

“I’m not conscious of that,” mentioned Simeone, who guided Atletico to LaLiga glory in 2014 and Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016.

“We concentrate on bettering the group, we work every day, we have now made an vital change within the sport. That’s wholesome and offers us nice pleasure for the variety of gamers who’ve joined us and that enables us to be.

“With the vitality of the primary day I received on the airplane with the mentality of taking the group to the highest of Europe.”

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