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Atletico Madrid among clubs best placed to sign Barcelona-linked midfielder



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A recent report from Sky Sports (h/t Mundo Deportivo) has offered an update on the future of Daichi Kamada. The Eintracht Frankfurt playmaker looks set to leave the club at the end of the season, with the player unlikely to renew at Waldstadion.

The report suggests Atletico Madrid are in pole position to sign Kamada. The Japanese international was closely linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund lately, but it appears the move has collapsed, paving the way for Atleti to join the chase.

With growing concerns over the future of Thomas Lemar, and Barcelona-linked Yannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid are in the market for players who can create scoring opportunities in the final third.

Kamada fits the bill perfectly, as he has an excellent track record in the Bundesliga. In 169 competitive matches for Frankfurt, he has racked up 37 goals and 31 assists. He has quietly established himself as one of the best playmakers in the Bundesliga.

Interestingly, Barcelona are the other club to have been linked with a move for Kamada. The Japanese international’s status as a free agent was an appealing prospect for the Catalans, as they continue to struggle with Financial Fair Play regulations.

In addition to Barça, several Premier League clubs have shown the desire to sign Carrasco. But Atletico Madrid are best-placed to sign the Frankfurt star, as he looks to take the next step in his career.

At 26, Kamada is at the peak of his powers right now and could prove to be an excellent long-term asset to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side. His status as a free agent also makes him a financially feasible target for Los Rojiblancos, who must do everything they can to secure the services of the Japanese international this summer.

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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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