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Atletico Madrid could go after Ronaldo if €60 million-rated star is sold, deal complicated
One Atletico Madrid player who has constantly been linked with an exit from the Civitas Metropolitano this summer is Yannick Carrasco.
While Atletico Madrid seemingly would like to keep hold of the Belgian international, a new update suggests that a potential sale could help the club pull off undoubtedly the biggest transfer of the summer.
As per the latest information provided by journalist Belen Sanchez Garcia (h/t Atletico Universe), if any suitor pays the €60 million release clause fee in Carrasco’s contract, Diego Simeone’s side will initiate their bid to complete a deal for Cristiano Ronaldo.
With the 37-year-old’s desire to leave Manchester United for a club in the Champions League being the worst kept secret in football, there continues to remain an air of uncertainty around his future.
Considering the seasoned veteran played a mere 45 minutes in pre-season for United as well, a lack of match fitness has led to Erik ten Hag starting him in one out of the side’s four Premier League games so far.
Reports aplenty have suggested that Diego Simeone would be open to a move to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, despite his storied spell at Real Madrid and previous animosity towards Atletico Madrid.
However, the possibility of the controversial move coming to fruition all depends on whether any interested party will complete a deal to sign Carrasco.
The likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with the 28-year-old’s signature this summer.
However, as things stand, Carrasco looks increasingly likely to continue at Atletico Madrid and could even sign a new contract. So, even though the Ronaldo rumours continue to circulate, a move to the Metropolitano seems extremely unlikely.
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
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.