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Atlético ponder move for high-scoring Genk forward — report

Marca reported Wednesday morning that Atlético Madrid are wanting into signing KRC Genk star Paul Onuachu inside the subsequent two switch home windows.

Onuachu, a 6-foot-7-inch forward from Nigeria, scored 33 objectives within the Jupiler Professional League final 12 months and has produced at an excellent higher fee to date in 2021/22. Onuachu’s 9 objectives from 9 video games are second within the league, and he’s rung up a powerful 0.85 open play objectives per 90 this season.

The 27-year-old joined Genk from FC Midtjylland in 2019, and he has scored three objectives in 15 appearances for Nigeria.

Rapid Wien v KRC Genk: Group H - UEFA Europa League

Emanuel Aiwu of Speedy, Paul Onuachu of Genk and Leo Greiml of Speedy in the course of the UEFA Europa League group H match between Speedy Wien and KRC Genk at Allianz Stadion on September 16, 2021 in Vienna, Austria.
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Marca claims that just a few groups are considering Onuachu and Atlético sporting director Andrea Berta has been quoted a price of roughly €20 million for the participant, whose contract runs till 2024. Final summer time, Berta tried to signal Fiorentina forward Dušan Vlahović, however the Serie A facet refused Atlético’s €60 million-plus bid. Due to this fact, this switch can be seen as a comparatively “low-cost” possibility for the membership because it seeks much more forward depth.

One clarification for Atleti’s potential move for Onuachu might be that Diego Simeone doesn’t view new arrival Matheus Cunha as a striker, however fairly as an attacking midfielder. Cholo has additionally used Ángel Correa as a winger once more early this season, whereas Luis Suárez stays the one pure quantity 9 within the squad. Suárez’s contract expires subsequent summer time, and it’s not but identified whether or not he’ll renew, so the rojiblancos should preserve their choices open to a point.

Nonetheless, curiosity in signing one more forward when the league champions have already got 5 within the squad doesn’t appear to make a lot sense — even for a participant with Onuachu’s goalscoring report.

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