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Atletico Madrid in negotiations to extend €40 million-rated winger’s contract



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People often forget that Yannick Carrasco initially signed for Atletico Madrid in 2015. His first stint at the club ended abruptly when left for China in 2018.

Yet, the Belgian returned to the club on loan in 2020 for an unknown fee and has been a vital part of Diego Simeone’s plans ever since. In fact, he has provided 13 goals and 18 assists since his return to the club.

According to reports from MARCA, Los Rojiblancos have been working with Carrasco’s agent for months now to extend his contract at the club. It is also proposed that the winger’s release clause be hiked from the existing value of €60 million.

While an agreement is not imminent, a renewal would satisfy both parties. Diego Simeone considers the player untouchable and it remains to be seen if the club and Carrasco can agree on the economics.

Last season, the 28-year-old made 34 league appearances for Atletico Madrid in which he scored six goals and provided as many assists.

He was, however, linked to an exit from the club and received interest from the Premier League. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs liked his profile and attempted to lure him away from Madrid, but Carrasco’s priority has been to renew.

If he stays next season, he will face competition from Thomas Lemar and possibly Samuel Lino for a place on the winger. Nevertheless, competition has always been a factor that has pushed the Belgian to greater heights.

Negotiations will continue in the coming days and one could expect a long wait before a final agreement is reached between the parties.

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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target



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Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and want to fight for his signing in the summer, according to a report from Javi Gomara of Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old is also a transfer target for FC Barcelona and several clubs in the Premier League.

Amrabat burst into the limelight after enjoying a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which he helped Morocco reach the semi-finals. The midfielder was heavily linked with an exit in January, with Barcelona, Atletico and several other clubs linked.

However, a move did not materialise and he remained at Fiorentina. However, with his contract expiring next year, the Moroccan international could be on his way out in the summer, even though the Italian outfit are trying to tie him down with a new contract.

And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid are ready to fight for his signing in the summer. The report states that Amrabat is a player that is very well-liked by the Rojiblancos and would be an important cog in Diego Simeone’s side if they sign him.

Amrabat will be playing at the Civitas Metropolitano tonight, with Atletico’s home ground hosting a friendly between Morocco and Peru. And the Colchoneros dream of making the stadium the 26-year-old’s permanent home from next season.

The report adds that the Moroccan international himself would be ‘delighted’ to join the club. After all, he did speak highly of Simeone and Atleti during the World Cup, when he said:

“He has coached Atletico Madrid for many years. I like his style of play. He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players in his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”

Atletico Madrid have been linked with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but hold no interest in him. Instead, they wish to sign a player of Amrabat’s profile and quality. However, the 26-year-old will not come cheap as Fiorentina will demand a €40 million fee for him.

Beyond that, the interest of Barcelona and other clubs in the Premier League would also be a roadblock for the Spanish capital club.

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