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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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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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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.

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