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Arsenal open talks to sign Real Madrid, Atletico right-back target – Romano



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Ivan Fresneda is currently one of the hottest young right-backs in Spain, having enjoyed a breakthrough with Real Valladolid.

The former Real Madrid academy product has already established himself as a regular at Valladolid, with nine appearances in La Liga. But his long-term future at Valladolid appears to be in doubt, as multiple clubs are sounding out the possibility of signing the player in January.

Fresneda’s former club Real Madrid are already keeping tabs on the youngster’s progression in La Liga, while cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid are interested in him as well, with an eye to making a move as soon as possible.

Real Madrid have targeted the 18-year-old as part of their plan to add more competition for Dani Carvajal, whereas Atleti require more reinforcements in the full-back position.

The two Spanish giants, though, are set to face fresh competition from Arsenal, in the pursuit of Fresneda.

This has been reported by Fabrizio Romano, who suggests that Arsenal have begun talks over the possibility to sign Fresneda in the ongoing January transfer window. They are holding talks with both Valladolid and the player’s agent.

The Gunners’ pursuit of Fresneda is hardly surprising as the club desperately require a proper alternative for the likes of Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu at right-back. That is where Fresneda comes into the fray, with the youngster having impressed the onlookers with his pace and athleticism.

Luring the 18-year-old might not be a challenge either, as Valladolid are believed to be open to a sale if any interested party can come up with an offer of around €15 million, even though his release clause amount stands at €30 million.

With Arsenal upping the ante in pursuit of Fresneda, it remains to be seen if either Atletico or Real Madrid make any efforts to sign the teenager or look at other targets.

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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer



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Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.

The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.

This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.

This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.

That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.

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