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Atletico Madrid approach Chelsea midfielder over summer transfer – report



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According to reports in English media, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Atletico Madrid have set their sights on a potential summer move for Chelsea midfielder and icon N’Golo Kante.

The 31-year-old’s current contract with the Blues expires at the end of the season and the player is yet to sign a new deal. It has given way to speculations over his future with several top clubs across Europe monitoring the Frenchman’s situation.

And, now, Atletico Madrid are also understood to have joined the queue of clubs wanting to sign Kante on a Bosman move before next season.

The report claims that Los Rojiblancos are looking to freshen up their squad in the summer. But given their financial issues, it makes sense for Diego Simeone’s side to explore the free transfer market for opportunities.

Kante, to that end, has emerged as an option, with the report suggesting that Atleti have already reached out to Kante’s representatives to express their interest and gauge whether the midfielder would be open to making the jump to the Civitas Metropolitano.

A move would see Kante unite with his France teammates Antoine Griezmann and Thomas Lemar, although the latter’s future beyond the season is far from certain.

But, Atletico Madrid are not the only club interested in signing Kante. Reports have suggested that Barcelona have been keeping an eye on the 31-year-old’s situation.

And the aforementioned report states that Juventus, too, are also interested in signing the Chelsea legend but are wary of Atletico Madrid entering the picture.

Kante has played just twice this season and has been out with a hamstring injury for almost six months now. It remains to be seen if Chelsea offer him a new contract or whether he becomes available for free come summer.

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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target



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Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and want to fight for his signing in the summer, according to a report from Javi Gomara of Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old is also a transfer target for FC Barcelona and several clubs in the Premier League.

Amrabat burst into the limelight after enjoying a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which he helped Morocco reach the semi-finals. The midfielder was heavily linked with an exit in January, with Barcelona, Atletico and several other clubs linked.

However, a move did not materialise and he remained at Fiorentina. However, with his contract expiring next year, the Moroccan international could be on his way out in the summer, even though the Italian outfit are trying to tie him down with a new contract.

And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid are ready to fight for his signing in the summer. The report states that Amrabat is a player that is very well-liked by the Rojiblancos and would be an important cog in Diego Simeone’s side if they sign him.

Amrabat will be playing at the Civitas Metropolitano tonight, with Atletico’s home ground hosting a friendly between Morocco and Peru. And the Colchoneros dream of making the stadium the 26-year-old’s permanent home from next season.

The report adds that the Moroccan international himself would be ‘delighted’ to join the club. After all, he did speak highly of Simeone and Atleti during the World Cup, when he said:

“He has coached Atletico Madrid for many years. I like his style of play. He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players in his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”

Atletico Madrid have been linked with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but hold no interest in him. Instead, they wish to sign a player of Amrabat’s profile and quality. However, the 26-year-old will not come cheap as Fiorentina will demand a €40 million fee for him.

Beyond that, the interest of Barcelona and other clubs in the Premier League would also be a roadblock for the Spanish capital club.

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