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Atletico Madrid, Barcelona interested in €45 million-rated Tottenham target – report
Atletico Madrid are planning a defensive overhaul in the coming transfer windows to replenish their waning resources in the squad. Caglar Soyuncu will be the first such appointment, but it is not only the centre-back position that the club see as a priority.
According to reports from Record, Atletico Madrid are closely monitoring the situation of Sporting CP right-back Pedro Porro and see him as an apt signing for their backline. While the interest now is purely speculative, Los Rojiblancos could make an official offer for him as early as June.
Porro is widely seen as one of the finest talents in world football and has risen to prominence in recent times after his explosive growth in the Portuguese League.
The 23-year-old has one goal and five assists in just nine league starts so far for Sporting this season. His average of 2.6 shots and 2.2 key passes per ninety minutes place him among Europe’s best fullbacks. Further, he contributes to just under eight defensive actions per game this season in Liga Portugal.
It is not surprising that Atletico Madrid are not alone in the race for Porro. Barcelona are also said to be well placed for his transfer, while clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with his name in the past.
In fact, the aforementioned report adds that Tottenham are serious about signing Porro and could make a move for him in the near future. It has alerted Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, who have contacted Sporting to keep themselves updated about the right-back’s future.
The youngster’s contract with Sporting runs until 2025 and has a release clause of €45 million. His signing will not be an economically simple affair, but one would assume the player justifies the tag with his quality.
Diego Simeone has trusted Nahuel Molina and Marcos Llorente at the right-back position this season, but neither has managed to put a strong foot down and claim to be better than the other.
The Spanish defender’s arrival would close any room for discussion as one would assume that the youngster would walk into Simeone’s starting lineup without much trouble.
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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target
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.