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Atletico Madrid have ‘practically completed’ the signing of French midfield sensation



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Considering Atletico Madrid’s midseason slump in form, their Champions League qualification can be called a success.

Diego Simeone knows well that the squad needs a revamp and the coming June has been selected as the big transfer window in view of the same.

The defence was said to be the main priority for the manager to strengthen, while the centre-forward position has been equally worrying. However, it seems like Los Rojiblancos‘ first signing has come in midfield.

According to reports from El Chiringuito, Atletico Madrid have practically completed the signing of Boubacar Kamara.

The tables seem to have turned in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, Aston Villa were said to have overtaken the Spanish giants in the race for the defensive midfielder but reports today say otherwise.

Kamara’s contact at Marseille runs out in the summer, and the player has decided not to renew.

The 22-year-old has established himself as a regular under Jorge Sampaoli, starting 30 league games for his team this season. In that duration, he has created three big chances and scored one goal.

Defensively, he has been solid and averages 1.3 interceptions, two tackles, a clearance and five duels won per ninety minutes.

Though Geoffrey Kondogbia and Hector Herrera have done a good job as covering the defensive midfield position, the latter’s confirmed departure creates a vacancy that needs to be filled.

With no price tag attached to his transfer, Atletico Madrid see him as the ideal choice to reinforce their squad.

With contrasting reports coming out in less than a 24 hour span, it remains to be seen as to which claim is true.

However, the player has always shown a preference to join Atleti, and onw hopes that the youngster opts to render his services at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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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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