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Atletico Madrid confident of convincing Barcelona star; Man United, Newcastle also keen



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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.

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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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