Cazorla and Chicharito not on our agenda, claims Atletico president

Enrique Cerezo says he is not pursuing the duo, Fernando Torres or Jose Callejon, and believes Antoine Griezmann to be a better signing than James Rodriguez


Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo claims his side are not currently pursuing deals for Premier League trio Santi Cazorla, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Fernando Torres.

All three attacking players have been heavily linked with the Spanish champions in recent weeks as they look to reinvest the funds from the sales of Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, with coach Diego Simeone admitting Mexico international Chicharito was “a great option”.

Cerezo, however, has poured cold water on any imminent approaches for the England-based trio and Napoli winger Jose Callejon.

“Many names have been said, but Cazorla, Torres, Chicharito, Callejon – none of them are on our agenda,” he told Radio Marca.

Atletico have already reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for Antoine Griezmann, believed to be worth €25 million, and Cerezo believes the France international will be the best transfer this summer – better, even, than James Rodriguez to Real Madrid.

“He is the signing of the summer. He is comparable to players like Luis Suarez. James is not the same as he does not yet have a defined path,” said Cerezo.

“It’s a great boost for the club, we made a great effort to bring him in. Although he had many offers, he decided on a club as serious and important as Atletico.”

Reports have emerged to suggest Chelsea could be plotting a move to take Miranda to Stamford Bridge this summer, and while Cerezo has rubbished the rumours, he admits players could be tempted to leave the club should significant financial offers be forthcoming.

“I have no idea about any offer, and if I’ve not heard anything it’s because he is going to stay, I’m sure of that,” he added. “Koke preferred to stay, that’s clear. If a player wants to leave, it’s not becaue he is not comfortable here, it’s due to financial reasons.”

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