Diego Simeone's Atletico MadrId Make €40m Bid For Giovanni Simeone

There was always that one kid in Sunday League who was guaranteed to make the starting line-up because his dad was the manager.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone could be that dad after reports emerged that the La Liga outfit have made an audacious 40 million euro offer to sign Fiorentina striker Giovanni Simeone, the son of manager Diego.

Simeone, who made 38 appearances for the Serie A side last season, originally impressed in Argentina with River Plate and later earned himself a move to Genoa, where he flourished.

He joined for a reported €3m fee in the summer of 2016, and was one of the club's top performers as they narrowly avoided relegation, finishing four points above the drop in 16th place.

Fiorentina eventually struck a deal after plenty of interest elsewhere, including his father Diego, and now he's trying to sign him a second time round, according to Spanish publication Sport.

The report states that the club have already rejected the bid, but don't be surprised if a deal happens after what Giovanni said last season.

The 23-year-old confessed that it would be a dream to play for La Liga side Atletico Madrid, the side his father has been at the helm since 2011.

"I would love to <span class="vm-hook-outer vm-hook-default" "="">play for Atletico." He told Cadena Ser radio back in 2016.

"Not just because of how the club has treated my father but because of how they have treated our whole family. They are a great club, very humble."

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Watford, who recently appointed Marco Silva as manager after his departure, were said to be interested in signing the forward last year, but that never materialised.

But will Giovanni join the famous red and white of Atletico in the coming days?

It would certainly be a sight seeing both Simeone's coming out of the Wanda Metropolitano this season.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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