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Atletico Madrid eyeing Borussia Dortmund winger as potential replacement for Carrasco

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According to reports from Santi Aouna on FootMercato, Atletico Madrid are looking at a like-for-like Belgian replacement for Yannick Carrasco on the wing, in case their winger ends up leaving.

The player Atleti have in mind is Borussia Dortmund’s Belgian winger Thorgan Hazard, whose contract with Die Schwarzgelben ends in the summer of 2024.

However, not too long ago, reports from German sources highlighted that Hazard was one of 11 players that Dortmund were looking to part ways with this summer, which could mean he becomes an affordable acquisition for Atletico Madrid.

Carrasco remains keen on leaving Spain at the end of this season, having come very close to a departure in the January window. Dortmund, in all likelihood, will be losing the services of Erling Haaland in the summer, which could mean they gear up for a total revamp of the squad.

Los Rojiblancos have previously shown their interest in Thorgan Hazard, and the 29-year-old would be a very similar profile to Carrasco, who has been an important part of Diego Simeone’s side.

It was also reported that part of the overhaul at Dortmund will see them part ways with Reinier Jesus. Reinier will return to Real Madrid, hoping to impress in preseason.

More developments will follow soon in Atletico’s pursuit of Hazard, who has managed six goals and an assist in 14 starts across all competitions this season.

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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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