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Aston Villa tried to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder late on deadline day – report



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The transfer deadline day brings along a lot of excitement, drama and frenzy with it, which is what makes it a fascinating occasion for fans.

Atletico Madrid had a quiet deadline day, however, barring the links to Cristiano Ronaldo which never looked like materialising into anything. The Rojiblancos did try to make an attempt to sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa but it did not come to fruition.

At the same time, Aston Villa are also said to have made a move to try and sign an Atletico Madrid player on the transfer deadline day.

Indeed, as reported by MARCA, the Premier League giants tried to capture the services of Atletico Madrid midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia in the final hours of the transfer window but ran out of time to complete the move.

The Villans had been following Kondogbia for a while now and gave the green light for an intermediary to approach Atleti late in the window to try and thrash out a deal as they were desperate to bring in a player of his profile.

Aston Villa were encouraged by the fact that Kondogbia had not started the first two games of the season and hoped that they can lure him to England. While the Midlands club made an attempt to strike a lightning-quick deal, there was not enough time for them to push a transfer through.

Since joining Atletico from Valencia in 2020, Kondogbia has had a stop-start stint at the Civitas Metropolitano. There have been spells when he has been a permanent fixture in the side while there have also been periods when he is not considered due to form or fitness problems.

To date, he has played 68 times for Diego Simeone’s side. Having not played in the first two matches of the season, the former Inter Milan midfielder started in the third game against Valencia.

But he was back on the bench for the next clash against Real Sociedad and only came on in the second half.

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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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