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22-year-old Atletico Madrid loanee on the radars of Real Betis
According to a report from Manolo Nieto of GOAL, Atletico Madrid youngster Manu Sanchez has become a subject of interest for Real Betis.
The Spanish club are among the host of clubs monitoring the progress of the Atletico Madrid starlet, who is currently on loan at CA Osasuna.
A native of Madrid, Sanchez had begun his youth career in the Atletico Madrid academy. But in order to gain experience in first-team football, the youngster joined Osasuna on loan in early 2021.
He has been at Osasuna for two years now, during which he has racked up 65 competitive matches. The defender has notably registered ten assists and even has a goal to his name. His performances at the back have been critical in helping Osasuna remain afloat in the top flight.
Sanchez’s performances have not gotten unnoticed, with Real Betis among the clubs seeking a move for the youngster. The report suggests Betis are scouting Sanchez as a potential replacement for Alex Moreno, who has been linked with a move away from Benito Villamarin.
Manu Sanchez’s future, though, is entirely in the hands of Atletico Madrid. The club from the capital have tied down the youngster until 2027, effectively giving them leverage to hold out for a fortune.
However, a more plausible scenario could see Atleti keeping hold of the 22-year-old, keeping in mind their shortcomings in the left-back unit.
Although Reinildo has proven to be an excellent signing for Diego Simeone’s men, the Argentina tactician has largely used him as a left-sided centre-back. With Sergio Reguilon’s loan stint not going all too well, Sanchez could have a place at the Civitas Metropolitano.
A definitive decision on the youngster’s future, though, could only be made at the end of the season. Not to mention, it will be equally important for the player to continue the same level of performance he has shown at Osasuna.
Along with Sanchez, Real Betis are also looking at Rayo Vallecano’s Fran Garcia, who is on the radars of Atletico’s neighbours Real Madrid.
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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target
Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and want to fight for his signing in the summer, according to a report from Javi Gomara of Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old is also a transfer target for FC Barcelona and several clubs in the Premier League.
Amrabat burst into the limelight after enjoying a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which he helped Morocco reach the semi-finals. The midfielder was heavily linked with an exit in January, with Barcelona, Atletico and several other clubs linked.
However, a move did not materialise and he remained at Fiorentina. However, with his contract expiring next year, the Moroccan international could be on his way out in the summer, even though the Italian outfit are trying to tie him down with a new contract.
And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid are ready to fight for his signing in the summer. The report states that Amrabat is a player that is very well-liked by the Rojiblancos and would be an important cog in Diego Simeone’s side if they sign him.
Amrabat will be playing at the Civitas Metropolitano tonight, with Atletico’s home ground hosting a friendly between Morocco and Peru. And the Colchoneros dream of making the stadium the 26-year-old’s permanent home from next season.
The report adds that the Moroccan international himself would be ‘delighted’ to join the club. After all, he did speak highly of Simeone and Atleti during the World Cup, when he said:
“He has coached Atletico Madrid for many years. I like his style of play. He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players in his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”
Atletico Madrid have been linked with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but hold no interest in him. Instead, they wish to sign a player of Amrabat’s profile and quality. However, the 26-year-old will not come cheap as Fiorentina will demand a €40 million fee for him.
Beyond that, the interest of Barcelona and other clubs in the Premier League would also be a roadblock for the Spanish capital club.