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Los Colchoneros could turn to their crosstown neighbours to bolster their squad…

Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for the heartbreaking exodus of some of their key players this summer as they target a number of economically feasible replacements.

City rivals Getafe could bear the brunt, as reports indicate that Los Colchoneros have their eyes trained on three of their players: Manu del Moral, Esteban Granero and Ikechukwu Uche.

According to AS, forward Del Moral has become Atleti sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch’s prime objective as the club continue to face the uncertainty of whether or not integral figures such as Maxi Rodriguez, Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan will remain at the Vicente Calderon.

The versatile Geta attacker can play down both flanks as well as up front and, at only 25 years of age, Pitarch believes that he can improve greatly and still has a lot of hunger to succeed.

He currently has one year left in his contract with a €6 million buy-out clause attached, a figure that the Spanish paper doubts Atleti will be ready to pay. But the inclusion of a player-swap deal could benefit both sides, as Los Azulones sporting director Toni Munoz is reportedly interested in Miguel de las Cuevas.

Pitarch also has his eyes on Granero, a technically gifted attacking midfielder who will give Atletico’s offensive firepower a healthy boost.

Meanwhile, the coaching staff have continued to show their interest in striker Uche, although the club insist that they will only sign an out-and-out goalscorer if either one of their two current marksmen leaves.    

KS Leong, Goal.com

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