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Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in talks over a striker-for-striker swap deal

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Alvaro Morata’s senior career has been similar to a bird of passage. The striker has not seen continuity at any of his clubs despite racking up numbers and has played at Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus in addition to Atletico Madrid.

The player is currently on loan at Juventus from Diego Simeone’s side, but his future in Italy is uncertain. After the rise of Dusan Vlahovic, the Bianconeri are very far from renewing the Spaniard which could force him to return to Madrid.

According to reports from MARCA, Atletico Madrid have already begun preparations to engineer Morata’s departure from the club.

Los Rojiblancos‘ CEO Gil Marin is said to have met with Barcelona Director Mateu Alemany to work out an operation involving the transfer for the centre forward.

The proposed formula is said to be a swap deal that would see Antoine Griezmann moving permanently to Simeone’s side with Morata playing at Camp Nou.

Though the Frenchman currently dons the red-and-white colours of Madrid, his move to the club has not been completed on a permanent basis.

Atletico’s purchase clause on the forward does not kick in until his second year on loan, and this could be the perfect chance to bring him in for no added fee.

In 34 Serie A games for Juventus this season, Morata has scored eight times and provided six assists. He averages 1.3 key passes per game and has created ten big chances.

With the club eyeing Lautaro Martinez amongst other strikers, selling Morata would go a long way in ensuring a new star signing.

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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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