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Atletico Madrid enter talks to sign 28-year-old Real Betis midfielder



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Quality defensive midfielders are hard to come by in the transfer market. Their rare availability makes them ever so valuable and inflates their price.

Diego Simeone’s philosophy of compact and defensive football and a pivot with incredible defensive prowess is key to their system.

Guido Rodriguez has been a consistent performer in the Spanish League since his arrival in 2020. He has established himself under Manuel Pellegrini and has been an undisputed starter for the Real Betis setup.

According to reports from TNT Sports, talks are underway between Atletico Madrid and Los Verdiblancos for the Argentine international.

Rodriguez has played 27 games for Real Betis in La Liga this season, scoring one goal and providing two assists.

Defensive, he has been astute. The 28-year-old produces one interception, three tackles and 1.5 clearances per game. Moreover, he wins six duels per ninety minutes.

The Argentine has been part of a double pivot for Betis alongside William Carvalho. With them on the field, Real Betis have only conceded 38 goals in 33 matches.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Simeone’s side would be prepared to shell out over €30 million for Rodriguez, an amount that could convince the administration of Real Betis.

Yet, there is a cloud over whether the Madrid based side would really allocate such a big share of their budget on one player.

Rodriguez’s contract at Real Betis runs until the summer of 2024. With two years left on his contract, the Seville based side are under no pressure to sell him.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer



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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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