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Reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid destroyed arch rivals and Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid 4-0 in the Madrid derby at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Veteran Tiago put the hosts ahead in the 14th minute, shooting the ball past the buttery hands of Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas. And while the visitors were still thinking about how to pull themselves back into the game, Saul Niguez pumped in another goal, with a scintillating overhead kick, only 4 minutes later.

 

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A Fernando Torres-inspired Atletico Madrid drew 2-2 with Real Madrid in the second leg of their Copa del Rey encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, which led to the visitors advancing to the next round 4-2 on aggregate.

Torres struck his first goals for the club since his return to the Vicente Calderon Stadium. He helped Los Rojiblancos draw first blood with a left foot volley after just 49 seconds. Real pulled a goal back through Sergio Ramos in the 20th minute, with the first half ending at 1-1.

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Chelsea have been ruthless in the transfer market this summer by signing Atletico Madrid’s two most influential players of last season, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis for a combined £50m. Atletico have been left helpless in front of Chelsea’s spending power but if recent news is to be believed, the Spanish champions are set to avenge the Blues with a raid of their own.

The Daily Express claims that Atletico are preparing a bid for German attacker Andre Schurrle this summer and hope that the good transfer relations between the two clubs would help them land the player. Chelsea could be willing to let Schurrle leave as the German has found life at Stamford Bridge difficult due to the relentless competition at the club in the form of Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar.

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New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has certainly showcased much promise in his new role, helping the team get off to a good start this season, by guiding them to a Champions Cup trophy. And now, reports in the press suggest that the Dutchman may also look to revamp the team a bit before the transfer season ends. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo has reported that Van Gaal is contemplating landing Atletico Madrid ace Arda Turan at Old Trafford by offering the reigning La Liga Champions Shinji Kagawa and a sum of £16 million, in a player plus cash swap.

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The Metro is reporting that Atletico Madrid centre-back Joao Miranda has turned down offers from Chelsea and Manchester United to continue his stint with the Spanish champions. The 29-year old Brazilian was outstanding for Atletico in their La Liga and Champions League campaigns last season, and was reportedly convinced by his coach Diego Simeone to stay on at the club.

There were some reports a few weeks that the Brazilian wanted to move to England for one final big money contract, which encouraged the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United to move for him. While United need a top notch centre-back to lead their backline, Chelsea were eyeing Miranda as a potential longer term successor to John Terry, 33.

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Javier Hernandez endured a difficult campaign last season under David Moyes, scoring a meager 9 goals for Manchester United, and his poor club form reflected in his performance at the World Cup as well where the striker started none of the four games for national side Mexico. Now, with rumours of a mass exodus at Old Trafford under Louis Van Gaal filtering in, both Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan have expressed their interest in signing the Mexican forward.

The Daily Express claims that Atletico and Inter value Hernandez at £15m and are keen on snapping up the Mexican as soon as possible. Atletico are reported to be the frontrunners for Chicharito's signature but Inter are ready to offer the Spanish champions tough competition as they look to recover their lost pride this season.

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Reports in recent weeks have indicated that Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have been showing interest in Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla, and latest reports from the Daily Star suggest that the Los Rojiblancos are making enquiries about the availability of the 29-year old this summer.

Cazorla was a central figure for Arsenal last season, but he did express some inclination towards moving back to Spain, which has caught the eye of Atletico Madrid. Atletico have lost the likes of Diego Costa to Arsenal’s rivals Chelsea as well as David Villa to the MLS, and are thus looking at ways to replenish their attacking third. Cazorla’s ability to play on the wings as well as a central attacking midfielder has impressed the Spanish club’s manager Diego Simeone, who is hoping to strike a £15 million deal for Arsenal’s ace.

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