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Arsenal keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid striker, player considered as a ‘safe bet’
Despite not being at the club, Alvaro Morata’s future is one of Atletico Madrid’s biggest talking points every transfer window. The 29-year-old has spent more time away from the Wanda Metropolitano since his arrival at the club in 2020.
According to reports from David G Medina of MARCA, several clubs are interested in the centre-forward’s signing as they consider him to be a ‘safe bet.’ One of the club’s particularly interested is Arsenal as they look to incorporate a striker to round off their squad.
Since Morata debuted for Real Madrid in 2016, he has regularly found the back of the net for every team he has represented. While his numbers in themselves are not too spectacular, he boasts of consistency Atletico Madrid lack in their strikers right now.
The Spaniard is currently on loan at Juventus and is set to return to Madrid in a few weeks’ time. The Italians do not intend to renew his deal or activate the €35 million purchase clause on his contract at the moment.
Part of the reason is Juventus purchasing Dusan Vlahovic for a sum upwards of €75 million. Another is his less-than-ideal output.
Last season, he played 34 Serie A games for the Bianconeri, scoring 12 goals and providing two assists. Additionally, he scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League.
Now, Morata has two options on the table: to renew at Atletico Madrid or to work a way out of the club. Seemingly, the decision is quite easy given the friction between him and Diego Simeone.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal push for his signing or if Juventus will reignite their interest in his services. What is clear so far is that the chance of Morata staying at Atletico Madrid beyond this season is very slim.
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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.