There are some players whose contracts come to a close on June 30, such as Antonio Adan, while Yannick Ferreira Carrasco’s loan spell will also finish on this date.
After that, there are four players whose futures at Atletico are up in the air: Santiago Arias, Mario Hermoso, Vitolo and Thomas Lemar.
Lemar: Once again the chosen one to lessen the wage bill
In January, Atletico tried to find a suitor for the French winger in order to create space salary-wise but were unable to do so.
Lemar has been at the club for two years and has failed to take the leap that many expected upon joining from Monaco for 72 million euros, which secured 70 percent of his rights.
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Carrasco: To show that Atletico should buy him
The Belgian returned to the club on loan in January but has made just five appearances, accumulating a total of 155 minutes.
When in form, Carrasco, as he showed during his first spell with the club, is a player who can make the difference, yet he must instantly hit the ground running if he is going to remain at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
Carrasco’s talent and dribbling ability make him a huge asset, however he has found it difficult to force his way into Diego Simeone’s starting line-up.
Vitolo: His high salary makes it difficult for him to leave
When he gets a run of games, Vitolo often shows why Atletico were so keen to sign him from Sevilla, yet injuries have plagued him since arriving at the club.
There have been glimpses of the Vitolo of old, the one who stood out at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and became a part of the Spanish national team, but that’s all the Atletico fans have seen: glimpses.
The 30-year-old’s high salary – he earns five million euros a year net – makes it difficult to find a prospective buyer, especially given his recent injury history.
Hermoso: He has fallen down the pecking order
The centre-back who shone at Espanyol only joined Los Rojiblancos last summer, but he now finds himself behind Jose Gimenez, Felipe Augusto and Stefan Savic in Simeone’s pecking order.
Hermoso has only been able to get game time when a couple of the aforementioned trio have been injured – Gimenez and Savic for parts of this campaign – and when everyone is playing well, he’s not even been in the squad for some matches.
Given that he was a Spain international prior to signing for Atletico, Hermoso may look for a departure in the summer in order to regain prominence elsewhere.
Arias: Trippier and Vrsaljko have overtaken him
Arias has gone from fighting for a starting spot with Kieran Trippier, following Juanfran Torres’ departure, to being the third-choice right-back behind the Englishman and a revived Sime Vrsaljko.
The Colombian still has a good reputation in Europe and will no doubt have a few clubs interested in him, but his defensive frailties have seen Simeone look at other options.
It seems highly unlikely that Arias will be an Atletico player come the end of the summer.
Adan: Will he stay as Oblak’s backup?
It can’t be easy living in the shadow of Jan Oblak, arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, but this is the life Adan has had for years.
Having to make do with just Copa del Rey matches, a tournament in which Atletico have slipped up in the last two years against Girona and Cultural Leonesa, it remains to be seen if the 32-year-old will be keen to remain as Oblak’s backup.
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