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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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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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