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Atletico Madrid battling Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, AC Milan for 23-year-old playmaker
A fresh report coming out of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Mundo Deportivo) has claimed that Atletico Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation of a certain Nicolo Zaniolo, Roma’s 23-year-old attacking midfielder, as his current deal with the Italian side expires in 2024.
Atletico Madrid are bearing the consequences of a failed sporting project. To begin with, the salary cost of the squad has gone beyond its limit and the failure to continue in the UEFA Champions League, as well as the Europa League, has made the team extremely vulnerable in the market.
For that particular reason, the Rojiblancos will approach the next few transfer windows in a cautious state. This means the management will only target those names who are either available on a free transfer or might come in cheap.
This is when Zaniolo comes into the picture. Given the fact that the departure of Joao Felix is almost certain, the team from the Spanish capital city will want someone to fill the void. And since the possibility of Zaniolo signing a new contract with Roma are low, Atletico can actually think of making an official approach.
The report says that Zaniolo is a player that Andrea Berta, Atletico’s sports director, knows very well and the man in charge is of the idea that the Italian would be the perfect player to replace the exit-bound Felix.
As of today, Roma do not really want to part ways with the playmaker and for that, they have established contact with the player’s agent. But given the interest he has generated, the Italian international might as well look to change his environment.
In that regard, Atletico Madrid are certainly not the only team monitoring his situation, with Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and AC Milan also said to be keeping tabs.
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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs monitoring the progress of UD Almeria striker Marciano Sanca.
The 19-year-old Guinea-Bissau forward joined Almeria from Portuguese outfit Leixoes in January last year, linking up with the club’s B team.
Marciano has made three league appearances Almeria’s reserve team and has not scored a goal yet. The teenager has been training with the first-team setup regularly and Romano claims that he is close to making his debut in La Liga.
While he might not have made a splash at the senior level yet, Marciano seems to be already gathering admirers with Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Brighton & Hove Albion said to be tracking the youngster.
Los Rojiblancos are set to enter the market for a new centre-forward as Joao Felix is expected to be sold permanently while Alvaro Morata’s future is also not entirely certain.
So even though Diego Simeone has Memphis Depay, Angel Correa, and Morata at his disposal, Atletico Madrid will dive into the market for a new striker with there being links to Mateo Retegui of Boca Juniors, currently on loan at Tigre.
Now, Marciano has also emerged as a potential target or Atletico Madrid, although signing him will not be easy in the summer.
Even though the 19-year-old’s contract expires in 2024, he is bound by a release clause worth €40 million and Almeria intend to keep him at the club beyond this season.
So, the La Liga club might hold out for the entire release clause amount in order to stave off potential suitors like Atletico Madrid, who are not in a position to make such an investment on an unproven youngster.