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Aston Villa ready to offer ‘succulent’ transfer fee for Atletico Madrid midfielder

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After a fairly slow start to life in the Spanish capital, Geoffrey Kondogbia has grown into a vital part of the Atletico Madrid setup.

The 29-year-old midfielder was signed from La Liga rivals Valencia in 2020 and had a difficult initiation period at the Wanda Metropolitano. However, he has steadily developed himself into a vital player for Diego Simeone.

A powerful midfielder, the former Inter Milan and AS Monaco star has shown his versatility by often slotting in as a centre-back this season. Kondogbia, so far, has featured 61 times for Atleti, scoring once and setting up two more.

However, his time at the club could come to an end in the summer transfer window amid interest from the Premier League.

A report from GOAL España has claimed that Aston Villa are interested in signing Kondogbia from Atletico Madrid this summer. They would be willing to pay a ‘succulent’ transfer fee to secure the signing of the 29-year-old.

However, the report also adds that Kondogbia is happy at Atletico Madrid.

But there could be a willingness from the club’s part to offload the former Sevilla ace. Boubacar Kamara is likely to arrive on a Bosman deal from Olympique Marseille on a free transfer.

With Koke, Rodrigo De Paul, Marcos Llorente already at Simeone’s disposal and young Javi Serrano expected to step up next season, Atletico might need to offload a player from their midfield unit.

With Aston Villa willing to pay a handsome fee to sign Kondogbia, he could be the one who Simeone & co. decide to part ways with in the summer window. Even if Atletico decide to sell him, the club would likely demand a hefty sum for his services.

It remains to be seen what the future holds for the 29-year-old, who has rebuilt his career successfully after a spell of decline during his time at Inter Milan.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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