Aleix Garcia has emerged as one of the most in-demand players in the Spanish market following an excellent start to the season with Girona.
Formerly of Manchester City, the central midfielder has become an ever-present figure in Girona’s second line of press. He has racked up 14 league appearances this season, with three assists to his name.
Garcia’s contributions have not gone unnoticed, with the likes of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona among the clubs keeping close tabs on his situation at Girona.
In a recent interview, Garcia has reacted to the interest, voicing his pleasure to be linked with clubs of such magnitude. He also hinted at his desire to make a big step in his career even though he is happy with his life at Girona.
“It is true that there are a lot of rumors, but so far I have not received any calls, neither from my representative nor from anyone else. But that they talk about you is positive. It makes me want to continue playing at this level and let the future say what it has to say,” he said (h/t AS).
The 25-year-old is currently in his second spell at Girona, having previously played for the Catalan outfit from 2017 to 2019 on a loan deal. But after finding success in his second spell at the club, the midfielder is happy with his life in Catalonia.
“I have always said that I am very good at Girona, it is like my home, but it depends on what options may come your way, it is a very big leap,” he said.
But Garcia indicates he is also quite ambitious and would be open to a move to a top-tier outfit. “I am ambitious, I want to continue improving and make the leap to a team like these, of course, I would like to,” he added.
Aleix Garcia’s words could come as a major boost for Atletico Madrid, who are reportedly on the hunt for new midfielders.
The 25-year-old’s contract with Girona expires at the end of the season, although it could be extended by a year automatically if they do not get relegated from La Liga. Atletico Madrid will be closely watching the situation of the ex-Manchester City ace in the coming months.
Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender
According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.
The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.
Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.
Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.
The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.
Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.
Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.
Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.