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AS Roma interested in signing 27-year-old Atletico Madrid midfielder – report

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MARCA has reported that AS Roma will try to sign Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez soon as they look to bolster their midfield ahead of the 2022/23 season. The Spanish midfielder looks likely on his way out after having had a season-long loan during 2021/22.

The midfielder has lost out his place in the starting lineup of Atleti with Diego Simeone preferring the likes of Rodrigo de Paul and Koke over him. The Spaniard decided to go out on loan last season after the midfielder was reported to be unhappy with his role at the club.

However, the Spaniard’s season at Chelsea turned out to be mediocre at best as he failed to break into the team’s starting lineup after the first few games, suffering from the pressure he was under from the get-go.

Despite the poor run at Chelsea, the Spaniard remained very thankful to the club, exclaiming that the club taught him a lot of new things during his time and that he would forever be grateful to be a part of Chelsea.

The 27-year-old as per reports was not the only target for the Romans with Houssem Aouar and Davide Frattesi also name in the report.

However, as per reports by Il Messaggero, the Giallorossi are still very much interested in the Atleti midfielder at the exclusive request of Jose Mourinho. The player could also have pole position in the list as he would be the cheaper option for the Romans.

The reports have also mentioned that the Rojiblancos could also let the midfielder go out on loan, as they will look to free up the wage bill to facilitate the signing of Valencia captain, Carlos Soler.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer

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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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