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Atletico Madrid eye move for €20 million-rated Bundesliga left-back



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Atletico Madrid are going through a major overhaul this month. The club have sanctioned the exit of Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha on loan deals while Felipe, too, could leave the club if the right offer arrives.

Atleti are looking at the possibility of signing Memphis Depay in order to alleviate the loss of Felix and Cunha. But as far as the defensive unit is concerned, the club have appeared equally active in the market and are looking for a left-back, in particular.

According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid have set their sights on Ramy Bensebaini. The 27-year-old has emerged on the radar of the Spanish club as part of its plans to sign players that have their contracts expiring at the end of the season.

Bensebaini, who currently plies his trade with Borussia Monchengladbach, has been one of the best-performing left-backs in the Bundesliga this season. He has racked up five goals in 14 league matches, thus raising many eyebrows across Europe.

Atletico Madrid are one of the clubs alerted to Bensebaini’s performances and want to incorporate him into the team.

Atleti’s interest in the Gladbach starlet comes in the midst of concerns over the left hand side of Diego Simeone’s setup. Reinildo Mandava’s performances have taken a hit lately, whereas Sergio Reguilon is yet to showcase his true quality after joining from Tottenham in the summer.

There is also uncertainty over the future of Yannick Carrasco. Even though Los Colchoneros have declined to offload him in January, even amid interest from Barcelona, the Belgian is determined to leave the club at the end of the season.

This accentuates the need for someone like Ramy Bensebaini. At the age of 27, the Algerian international is currently at the peak of his powers and his ability to operate further upfront could make him an ideal asset for Simeone in the years to come.

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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