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Atletico Madrid in talks to renew midfielder’s contract until 2026 – report
According to journalist Giacomo Iacobellis, Atletico Madrid are in talks to extend the contract of midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia until the summer of 2026.
Kondogbia signed for Atletico Madrid from Valencia in the summer of 2020. While he has not exactly been a mainstay in the side, the Central African international has done well almost every time when Diego Simeone has called upon him.
So far, the 29-year-old has appeared 82 times for Los Rojiblancos, of which 16 appearances have come in the ongoing campaign.
Kondogbia has largely been a reliable performer for Atletico, be it as a defensive midfielder or even as a centre-back in a three-man backline when Simeone opted to use him in such a role in the past.
The 29-year-old’s current contract with Atletico Madrid expires in 2024. Considering that Koke is not getting any younger and there are major question marks over the future of Rodrigo De Paul, who is on the radars of several clubs in Italy.
So, it would be a good move on Atletico Madrid’s part to extend the contract of Kondogbia, considering he has proven to be a player who Simeone can count on more often than not.
Furthermore, there have been reports of interest in the 29-year-old from Aston Villa, making it important for the Colchoneros to tie him down to a new deal.
To that end, talks are underway over a new contract for the former Inter Milan and Valencia midfielder, which will keep him tethered at the Civitas Metropolitano until the summer of 2026.
It will be interesting to see whether the talks over the extension end with the desired outcome for the Spanish capital club.
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Atletico Madrid among clubs weighing up a summer move for €20 million Barcelona defender
Having successfully raided FC Barcelona for the signing of Memphis Depay during the January transfer window, Atletico Madrid could look to bring in another player from Spotify Camp Nou come summer.
Indeed, according to SPORT, Atletico are among clubs who are interested in signing Barcelona ace Sergino Dest, who is currently away on loan at AC Milan.
Dest has been out of favour at Barça since Xavi Hernandez arrived at the club back in November 2021. The USMNT right-back was sent out on loan to Milan last summer so that he can play regularly.
The Rossoneri have the option of signing the ex-Ajax man permanently for €20 million, but are unlikely to take it up as the right-back has largely underwhelmed during his time in Italy, playing just 14 games in all competitions.
But, that has seemingly not deterred clubs in La Liga, including Atletico Madrid, who are reportedly willing to take a punt on Dest in the summer.
As things stand, Atletico have Nahuel Molina as their primary right-back, but the Argentine has not been consistent enough in his debut season at the club.
Matt Doherty arrived on a free transfer from Tottenham in January but has only played 12 minutes so far, indicating where he stands in Diego Simeone’s scheme. So, a new right-back might not entirely be ruled out at the Civitas Metropolitano come summer.
Dest, though, is also attracting interest from Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal, while an unnamed MLS club also want the right-back.
Barcelona, for their part, wish to recoup the €20 million they spent on him almost three years ago, which could become a roadblock for Atletico Madrid if they do indeed pursue the right-back with greater intent.
As things stand, there is just initial interest and there is nothing concrete from Atletico or any clubs. Only time will tell if that changes once Dest returns from his loan spell.