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Atletico Madrid defender open to Newcastle United switch in the summer



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The arrival of Reinildo Mandava from Lille in January completely changed Renan Lodi’s position in the team. As the youngster slowly established himself as a reliable option under Diego Simeone, the Brazilian’s importance in the squad fell.

Soon, the manager found a new position for Lodi as a wingback. While it seemed to be a successful attempt in the initial attempts, there was no consistency in his performances over time.

Lodi averaged just 41 minutes per game in the league, starting just 13 out of a possible 38 games for Los Rojiblancos. Unsurprisingly, the club are open to selling the player should the right offer come in.

According to reports from Mark Douglas, Lodi is open to a move to Newcastle United. While the club are willing to sell the player, they are said to be expecting a fee of close to €50 million for their defender.

Eddie Howe’s side have been very active in the transfer window since their takeover by a Saudi led consortium. Their January window signings were key in ensuring their resurgence in the second half of the season.

One of the players who made the move to Newcastle in the winter was Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

Reports say that the full-back’s move to the English side has strengthened ties between the two teams and could help simplify Lodi’s transfer. Yet, both clubs are still far away on the player’s valuation.

In 29 La Liga appearances this season, the 24-year-old scored two goals and provided two assists. He averaged 0.4 key passes per game and has created three big chances.

His statistics defensively are not as impressive, though. The Brazilian produces 1.1 tackles, 0.5 clearances, three duels won and 0.4 interceptions per game.

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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe



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Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.

After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.

And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.

Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.

And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.

Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.

Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.

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