The Colchoneros have entered the transfer race for Barcelona skipper.
Atletico Madrid are looking to do the unprecedented following the capture of Luis Suarez.
According to reports, Atletico are now aiming to sign Suarez’s close friend and Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi next summer.
The Argentine recently created a commotion following his decision to seek an exit from the club. However, in the end, he decided to stay put at the club, but he could be available for free next summer.
Suarez’s transfer to Atletico hasn’t gone well with Messi, who took a swipe at Barca’s current hierarchy for the decision. The Six-time Ballon d’Or winner had previously criticized the Barcelona board for their lack of planning.
The Uruguayan was also reduced to tears on his farewell with Barcelona, stating that it was hard to leave the club.
Suarez had a dream start at Wanda Metropolitano after racking up two goals and an assist in Atletico’s 6-1 win against Granada.
However, Ronaldo Koeman, who asked Suarez to seek out a new club, has recently revealed that his relationship with Messi remains intact. The Dutch manager also insisted that the diminutive No.10 would play the central role of his new project.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid are trying to use Suarez as a decoy to sign Messi for free next summer.
It is also notable that Messi had previously donned the Atletico Shirt for a friendly game organized by his friend Rodriguez.
Although many are optimistic about Messi’s survival beyond next summer – due to the arrival of a new president, the decision is solely upon the Argentine talisman.