Thomas Lemar has agreed to join Atletico Madrid from AS Monaco for a transfer fee of approximately $52.7 million. Primarily a right winger, Lemar has scored 22 goals and assisted 32 in 127 appearances for Monaco since the 2015/16 season.
Lemar will join his international teammate, and world beater, Antoine Griezmann, who after releasing a documentary called “The Decision” a la LeBron James, announced he would resign with the Red-and-Whites through the 2023 campaign.
The addition of Lemar will improve Atletico’s offensive output, as they scored just 58 La Liga goals in 2017/18, although they will still be far behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, who produced 99 and 94 league goals respectively during the 2017/18 campaign.
Lead by captain Gabi, vice-captain Diego Godin and world-class goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Atletico was able to win the Europa League and place second in La Liga, meaning they will return to Champions League competition, where they last lost in the semi-finals in 2017 to Real Madrid 4-2 in two legs.
Their 22 goals allowed this season were best amongst La Liga teams, and with the resigning of French Center Back Lucas Hernandez, it can be argued that Atletico have the deepest and most talented backline in Europe. The resigning and acquisition of Antoine Griezmann and Thomas Lemar are expected to increase their offensive productivity, which will keep them competitive domestically and internationally for the next half-decade.