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Arsenal among four Premier League clubs vying to sign €30 million Atletico Madrid ace



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With the January transfer window less than two weeks away, Atletico Madrid could be a hubbub of activity. The Colchoneros are in an iffy situation financially and need to make some sales in order to balance the books.

Joao Felix looks certain to leave after falling out with manager Diego Simeone. Out-of-favour defender Felipe also looks bound for the exit doors come January. Another player who is believed to be on his way out from the Civitas Metropolitano is Matheus Cunha.

The Brazilian signed for Atletico Madrid only last year, arriving from German outfit Hertha BSC. However, he did not have the best of debut seasons, and he has also struggled to make much of an impact in this campaign either.

So far in 2022/23, Cunha has played 17 matches in all competitions without scoring a single goal while managing just two assists. No longer a regular starter in Simeone’s side, Atletico Madrid are ready to part ways with him.

And, according to SPORT, as many as four Premier League clubs are vying to sign the Brazilian centre-forward.

Wolves have been the most strongly linked with a move for Cunha and talks have been held with Atleti about a possible swoop. Julen Lopetegui’s side are intent on signing a new striker and have made the Atletico ace as their priority.

However, of late, Leeds United have made their presence felt in the race for the 23-year-old’s signing as well. A move to Elland Road could appeal to Cunha as he would have a leading role under Jesse Marsch.

Aston Villa, led by new manager Aston Villa, are also said to be pursuing the signing of Cunha, while the latest team to join the race are Arsenal.

Following the injury to Gabriel Jesus, the Premier League leaders are intent on signing a new striker to ensure that their title challenge does not go off the rails. Cunha, to that end, has emerged as a viable target.

Atletico Madrid, for their part, would be willing to sanction a sale for a fee of around €30 million as per the report.

Whether any of the aforementioned four teams are successful in their pursuit of Cunha next month will be interesting to see. For now, though, all signs point towards a move to the Premier League for the Brazilian.

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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano



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According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs monitoring the progress of UD Almeria striker Marciano Sanca.

The 19-year-old Guinea-Bissau forward joined Almeria from Portuguese outfit Leixoes in January last year, linking up with the club’s B team.

Marciano has made three league appearances Almeria’s reserve team and has not scored a goal yet. The teenager has been training with the first-team setup regularly and Romano claims that he is close to making his debut in La Liga.

While he might not have made a splash at the senior level yet, Marciano seems to be already gathering admirers with Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Brighton & Hove Albion said to be tracking the youngster.

Los Rojiblancos are set to enter the market for a new centre-forward as Joao Felix is expected to be sold permanently while Alvaro Morata’s future is also not entirely certain.

So even though Diego Simeone has Memphis Depay, Angel Correa, and Morata at his disposal, Atletico Madrid will dive into the market for a new striker with there being links to Mateo Retegui of Boca Juniors, currently on loan at Tigre.

Now, Marciano has also emerged as a potential target or Atletico Madrid, although signing him will not be easy in the summer.

Even though the 19-year-old’s contract expires in 2024, he is bound by a release clause worth €40 million and Almeria intend to keep him at the club beyond this season.

So, the La Liga club might hold out for the entire release clause amount in order to stave off potential suitors like Atletico Madrid, who are not in a position to make such an investment on an unproven youngster.

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