Much has been made of Felipe’s future at Atletico Madrid over the past few months. The veteran’s current contract at Wanda Metropolitano expires at the end of the season, with many clubs including Sevilla interested in his services.
Atleti were rumoured to be in negotiation with Felipe over a contract extension. But there were noticeable disagreements over the exact terms of the new deal and an apparent lack of progress.
However, according to a report from MARCA, it appears Atletico Madrid have finally reached an agreement with the veteran Brazilian. The defender is set to pen a one-year extension that will keep him in the Spanish capital until 2023.
Formerly of Corinthians, Felipe had arrived at Atletico Madrid back in 2019. He was brought in to replace the legendary Diego Godin and after an excellent debut season, many were certain of his success at Wanda Metropolitano in the coming years.
Unfortunately, Felipe has struggled to keep up his momentum and form in the past couple of years. He has lacked consistency and has made occasional individual errors that have cost his team dearly.
But it appears Diego Simeone wants to continue counting on him as he is well aware of the Brazilian’s skillset and the experience he offers to the table.
Atletico Madrid were initially hoping to offer Felipe a two-year contract. But due to a lack of progress in negotiations, coupled with uncertainty from the club and the player, the two parties agreed a one-year extension.
Felipe’s contract extension will help Simeone retain his side’s depth in the defensive unit. However, following an indifferent campaign, the Argentine tactician will be hoping to make a few quality signings in the summer, especially in the right-back department, having lost Kieran Trippier to Newcastle United in January.
It will be equally interesting to see if Felipe can establish himself as a first-team regular next season and earn another contract extension before the end of next season.
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.