Atletico Madrid and Barcelona lock horns in race to sign La Liga star attacker
Diego Someone’s side Atletico Madrid and Spanish giant Barcelona are in a battle for the signing of Elche’s forward Lucas Boye. The 25-year-old striker has gain interest from two of the top Spanish sides following his great performance this season.
Lucas has scored seven goals and made two assists for his side in La Liga so far, making him the top-scorer in the squad.
Boye, alone, has accounted for 39% of Elche’s goals in the top-flight and has been crucial in terms of staving off the relegation scramble with the side sitting in 16th place right now.
The Argentinian was initially signed on loan from Torino in September 2020, but his performances convinced the Valencian outfit to buy him permanently last summer.
He’s already matched his tally from last season in 22 fewer appearances, repaying the club’s faith handsomely.
Boye’s blistering run of form hasn’t gone unnoticed by Elche’s domestic rivals, with Barcelona and Atletico especially interested in his services.
The Catalans are struggling to finalize a move for Juventus striker Alvaro Morata and have identified Boye as another potential target.
The shock retirement of Sergio Aguero due to a heart condition has left them without a good option in that position.
Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong are currently the only two natural strikers in the Barcelona squad but they have struggled for consistency, making them unreliable for the final stretch of their campaign.
Atletico, meanwhile, are arranging a replacement for Luis Suarez, who could be on his way out after his contract expires in June.
The Uruguayan joined Rojiblancos from Barcelona in 2020 after he was deemed surplus to requirements. He led his new side to the La Liga title last season.
However, El Pistolero is currently going through a rough patch in front of goal, with the last of his seven league strikes coming nearly three months ago.