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Atletico Madrid defender facing uncertain future at the club amid Wolves links



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Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy January transfer window ahead as they look to offload multiple players in order to generate some of the revenue they have lost due to the club’s early elimination from the UEFA Champions League and even the UEFA Europa League.

One of the players tipped to depart the club in January is Felipe. The central defender is currently at the twilight of his career and many believe he is the likely to leave the club next month, as Diego Simeone has other ideas when it comes to central defensive personnel.

A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered an update on the future of Felipe, referring to the interest of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Premier League outfit have been drawn in a relegation battle this season and need every reinforcement they can get in the upcoming January transfer window.

However, it appears Wolves are second-guessing, as far as their pursuit of Felipe is concerned. At the age of just 33, the club believe that the addition of the aged defensive leader might not be paramount, especially given the fact that it is the attack that has been the problem.

With that in mind, Wolves are leaning toward the transfer of another Atletico Madrid star in the form of Matheus Cunha. As for Felipe, neither Wolves are on board with the idea of signing a defensive veteran, nor the player himself finds it necessary to leave Atleti in January.

The Brazilian is aware of the fact that his contract expires at the end of the season when he will become a free agent and will be in a position to attract lucrative offers from clubs elsewhere.

Nevertheless, Felipe has no shortage of suitors just yet. Atletico Mineiro are said to be one of the clubs interested in the services of 33 year old, who had voiced his desire to return to Brazil in the past.

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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano



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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.

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