Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro is believed to be wanted by Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne. The 31 year old is just off the back of winning his fourth Europa League this season, having previously won a triple with Sevilla.
Gameiro has spent time playing in France, where he won the league title with Paris Saint-Germain in the 2012/13 season. Before his move to PSG, he came through the system at Strasbourg before moving to Lorient. 56 goals in 120 games was reason enough for PSG to spend €11 million on the Frenchman, and he went on to hit 23 goals in 77 games for the capital-based club.
A move to Sevilla in 2013 proved to be his most successful period where he found the net 67 times for the Andalusian side. This convinced Atletico Madrid to turn over €30 million for the striker in 2016; things have not gone according to plan since however.
Originally seen as the perfect replacement for Diego Costa, it was believed Gameiro would make a great partnership with Antoine Griezmann. Having featured regularly, Gameiro was never made a guaranteed starter as expected. This season, Gameiro played the full 90 minutes on five occasions in all competitions … 14% of all games participated in! Coming toward the latter stages of his career now, the 31 year old will be wanting a move away from Madrid.
One option for an escape route is back to France and Saint Etienne are believed to be interested in Gameiro. According to L’Equipe, former PSG and France assistant manager Jean-Louis Gasset wants the striker. After bringing in Mathieu Debuchy and Yann M’Vila last summer, Gameiro could be another returnee to French football through Saint Etienne.
He would certainly be a valuable addition to most teams of a Europa League standard. Having scored 27 goals in the past two seasons on limited game time, Gameiro has proved he has the quality. Atletico may not be too quick in allowing the Frenchman leave the club however. Fernando Torres has already confirmed his departure from his boyhood club. On top of this, the future of Antoine Griezmann is also up in the air at the moment as links to Barcelona intensify.