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.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.