Over the past few hours, the story surrounding Atletico Madrid’s interest in Barcelona outcast Memphis Depay is spreading like wildfire.
The 28-year-old has emerged as a potential target for Los Rojiblancos as a replacement for Joao Felix, who is on his way to Chelsea.
SPORT reported that Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Depay on loan for the remainder of the season, although that option is unlikely to be accepted by Barcelona.
Furthermore, it is claimed that Premier League clubs Manchester United and Newcastle United are also interested in the Netherlands star and are keeping a close watch on the developments.
Felix is on the cusp of completing a loan move to Chelsea for the remainder of the season. His exit will leave Atleti short on numbers in the final third, especially with Matheus Cunha also having left.
Depay has emerged as one of the options, with the report stating that Atletico Madrid wish to take him on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season.
It has previously been suggested that the Dutchman would be reluctant to leave Barça midway through the season, with his contract expiring in the summer.
However, Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Atletico Madrid are confident that they can convince Depay about moving to the Civitas Metropolitano. However, talks with Barcelona on the formula for the transfer will be critical, with negotiations expected to take place this week.
As iterated earlier Atletico Madrid want to take Depay on loan for the remainder of the season. They believe that the Dutchman has adapted to La Liga and would be open to offering him a long-term deal in the summer when he becomes a free agent, if things click.
However, Barça do not want to loan him out and will only consider an operation if Atletico Madrid will offer some compensation fee for the Dutchman.
Meanwhile, with the likes of Manchester United and Newcastle United also in the equation, a deal could be tricky to pull off.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.