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Atletico Madrid could use loanee to sign 29-year-old striker in a player-plus-cash deal



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With the January transfer window underway, Atletico Madrid are looking at potential changes to their roster. The attacking unit is likely to need reinforcements as Matheus Cunha has already departed and Joao Felix could soon be on his way out as well.

Depending on how the Portuguese’s situation pans out, the Rojiblancos will enter the market for a new striker and Real Betis goalscorer Borja Iglesias has emerged as a key target for the club.

Reports suggest that manager Diego Simeone appreciates the 29-year-old Spaniard, who has been a consistent source of goals for Los Verdiblancos, having netted eight goals in 15 La Liga matches this term.

Now, according to MARCA, Atletico Madrid could use academy product Manu Sanchez as a potential makeweight to engineer a player-plus-cash deal for Iglesias.

Given that the striker is contracted with Real Betis until the summer of 2026 and they splashed a large sum on his signing, the Seville-based side will likely demand a big transfer fee for their striker.

And Atletico plan to lower that amount by offering Sanchez as part of the operation. The left-back is currently on loan at CA Osasuna, where he has become a regular in the starting XI and set up three goals in 14 matches in all competitions.

While he is greatly appreciated by the officials at Atletico, Real Betis are also interested in Sanchez, as a replacement for Alex Moreno, who is set to complete a transfer to Aston Villa imminently.

The 22-year-old youngster is also attracting strong interest from German outfit VfL Wolfsburg apart from Real Betis. However, Osasuna will have a say over his next move as they need to decide whether they are willing to terminate his loan deal this month or keep him at the club.

Sanchez’s contract at Atletico Madrid runs until 2027. Should Osasuna agree to end his loan spell, the left-back could end up moving to Real Betis as part of a deal that would see Borja Iglesias arrive at the Civitas Metropolitano.

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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target



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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.

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