Fernando Torres, Santi Cazorla and Javier Hernandez Deals Ruled out by Atletico

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2014

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed the Spanish champions won't be making a beeline for Fernando Torres, Santi Cazorla or Javier Hernandez this summer.

While he admits further signings could be added to Diego Simeone's rapidly changing squad, Cerezo name-checked the Premier League trio as those who won't be coming to the Vicente Calderon.

"Many names have been mentioned, but none of those players, neither Cazorla, (Jose) Callejon, Torres nor Chicharito (Hernandez) are on our agenda," Cerezo said to Radio Marca, reported via Oliver Todd of the Daily Mail. "If we sign another player, it won't be any of them."

Torres remains the most persistently linked to his old club, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has also confirmed the Spanish striker will be staying at Stamford Bridge.

When asked whether Torres would be sacrificed to ensure Chelsea have 18 homegrown players in their squad, the Portuguese boss replied, "No. Three strikers is fundamental in a squad and we have three strikers; Fernando, Didier (Drogba) and Diego (Costa) so one of them is not going for sure," per Sky Sports.

Costa's exit from Atletico sums up a pre-season in which Simeone has been forced to replace many of his outgoing stars. The Spanish striker has moved to west London alongside Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois, the latter of whom returns after seeing his latest loan spell conclude. David Villa and Adrian Lopez have also made way, forcing Simeone to bring in a wealth of talent across the board.

The arrivals of Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann are headline-grabbers, while the manager's less glamorous acquisitions are also top quality. Both Guilherme Siqueira and Cristian Ansaldi will add an ambitious sense of steel to the left side ahead of their battle for a starting spot.

Cazorla's link to the club is a curious one that continues to show itself. Arsenal are thought to be on the verge of signing Juan Quintero from Porto, per Simon Jones of the Daily Maila deal that could see Cazorla eventually pushed through the door.

The 29-year-old excelled in La Liga before moving to England and possesses the calm, creative influence Simeone likes behind the main striker, who doesn't look likely to be Hernandez.

Despite Cerezo's lack of interest in Chicharito, the Manchester United poacher admitted he "wouldn't say no to a transfer" if deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, as reported by Il Corriere dello Sport and via ESPN.

Hernandez has rarely held down a first-team place since joining the Red Devils in 2010, but he is renowned for his impact in the box. Many of his goals come as a substitute and serve as an enigma for a player who often lacks sharpness when starting matches. So much so, he was dropped from Mexico's starting lineup at the 2014 World Cup.

Louis van Gaal could be the man to finally move Hernandez on, unless he feels the forward will fit into United's new 3-5-2 formation. The small striker certainly needs a partner alongside him to excel up front, but he will need to oust Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie before he receives consistent starts.

All three players Cerezo mentions would be excellent signings for Atletico. The capital-based club are used to rebuilding after the departure of key stars—think Torres, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao—but have the added pressure of defending their domestic title next season.

Simone's summer signings indicate he isn't willing to compromise on quality. Despite overlooking three English-based players who can positively impact Atletico's chances of success, the club continues to land impressive talent heading into a challenging year.

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