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Atletico Madrid interested in a summer move for PSG midfield star – report



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According to reports from Abdellah Boulma, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in signing Carlos Soler. Paris Saint-Germain are willing to part ways with the Spanish midfielder in June, making the transfer a real possibility.

Soler underwent his formal youth training through the ranks of Valencia’s academy in Spain. In 2015, he was promoted to the Mestalla-based side’s B team before making the jump to La Liga in 2017.

After his full-time registration as a first-team player, Soler began making headlines with his calm, yet impactful performances from the middle of the park. Not only was he an able asset down the middle but also a real threat in front of goal.

His market value eventually soared and he was seen as the next big Spanish magician. Clubs including FC Barcelona were in the race for his signing but in the end, he boarded the flight to France.

It was in September 2022 that the 26-year-old made the move to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 for a fee of €18 million. The move was then seen as a bargain considering the player’s age and unique skillset.

However, this season, Soler has started 14 games and made 22 appearances for the Parisian giants in Ligue 1, scoring three goals and providing two assists in the process. Further, he has created two big chances with an average of 0.6 key passes per game.

It is clear that PSG see him as a rotation player at best. In the club’s six UEFA Champions League games, Soler averaged just 27 minutes per game and started just twice.

The midfielder’s contract with the French club runs until the summer of 2027, and Christophe Galtier’s side will certainly want to recoup a large part of their investment. The only question is whether Los Rojiblancos be willing to shell out a fee given their economic situation.

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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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