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Atletico Madrid in talks with Premier League club over the sale of veteran defender

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Joao Felix has made headlines recently for his move to Chelsea on loan. But he will not be the only player to leave Atletico Madrid in this ongoing January transfer window.

According to Fernando Kallas on Sky Sports, Los Colchoneros are now in talks with Wolverhampton Wanderers over the potential sale of Felipe. The veteran defender has fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone this season and is destined to leave the club this month.

The report suggests the two parties are in talks over a deal that may see Felipe join the Wolves within the next few days.

Formerly of FC Porto, Felipe had been a part of the Atleti setup since the summer of 2019. During his time at the club, he has featured in over 100 competitive matches, but only three of them have come in the ongoing campaign.

The veteran has indeed fallen behind the likes of Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso and Jose Maria Gimenez in the pecking order. And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Atleti are determined to get rid of the player in January.

Felipe’s departure is sure to create a void in Atletico Madrid’s defensive unit. But the club are looking to fill the hole by signing a new centre-back this month. They have reportedly set their sights on Caglar Soyuncu.

The Leicester City defender’s contract is expiring in the summer of 2023 and Atletico are understood to have an agreement with the defender. Now they are said to be negotiating with Leicester to bring forward his signing to January instead of waiting until the summer.

As for Felipe, his experience at the highest level of football may aid an otherwise young Wolves defensive line that has conceded 27 goals in the Premier League this season.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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