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22-year-old French midfielder chooses Atletico Madrid as his next club
The biggest change at Atletico Madrid this season is their relative instability in midfield. Los Rojiblancos have been known for their resilient and leak-proof midfield for years now. Yet, they have conceded 36 goals in just 29 games this season.
Koke is the heart and soul of Diego Simeone’s system. However, the veteran is now 30 years of age and cannot churn out elite performances with the same consistency. Needless to say, bringing in a young reinforcement for the defensive midfield is the need of the hour.
One player who claims to have the right profile to succeed at the pivot position is Boubacar Kamara. According to reports from le10sport, the Marseille player has chosen Atletico Madrid as his next club.
Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, and Barcelona were just some of the many European giants lining up to sign the youngster. However, Kamara sees Diego Simeone as the perfect manager to take his game to the next level.
In 25 league appearances so far, the youngster has scored one goal and is yet to provide an assist. However, it is his solidity in defence that draws the eye.
Kamara averages 1.2 interceptions, five duels won, a clearance and two tackles per game. Moreover, his decision making and passing range are immaculate.
The soon to be free agent was one of Barcelona’s primary transfer targets for next season. However, the inevitable arrival of Kessie means that the midfield is no longer the priority. The Catalans are not expected to push for Kamara’s signature and will look to strengthen the defence instead.
The 22-year-old will arrive on a free transfer after his current contract runs down on June 30th. Atletico Madrid cannot offer the same wages as some of the other parties interested. Now it remains to be seen if he prioritizes the manger or the money on offer elsewhere.
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.
This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.
Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.
However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.
The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.
And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.
As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.
With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.
Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.
But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.