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Atletico Madrid interested in signing €20 million-rated former Barcelona forward in January

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Atletico Madrid are looking to reinforce their squad in the January transfer window with cost-effective signings and have set their sights on former FC Barcelona forward Abel Ruiz.

This report comes from Portuguese publication A Bola, as relayed by Diario AS, who claim that the SC Braga striker has emerged on the radars of the Rojiblancos ahead of the winter trading period.

Ruiz started out at the Valencia academy before signing for Barcelona’s La Masia youth setup in 2012. Having risen through the ranks at the Catalan club, he made 68 appearances for their reserve team and managed one senior appearance.

Ruiz joined SC Braga on loan in January 2020, before the transfer was made permanent later that year. Since joining the club, the 22-year-old has made 111 appearances for the Portuguese outfit, scoring 21 and assisting 11 goals.

The Spaniard has five goal involvements in 21 matches in the ongoing campaign and while those numbers are not impressive, it seems like the young forward has caught the attention of Atletico Madrid.

Los Rojiblancos are likely to make some tweaks to their squad in the January window in order to balance the books. But at the same time, they want to ensure that there is no lack of depth and compensate for the departures with cost-effective signings.

Matheus Cunha and Joao Felix are two players that are the most heavily linked with exits. Their potential departures would weaken the attacking unit which is where Abel Ruiz enters the picture.

However, the report indicates that SC Braga will demand a sum of €20 million for the former Barcelona striker. Whether Atletico Madrid will have the financial wherewithal to meet those demands will be interesting to see.

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Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender

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According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.

The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.

Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.

Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.

The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.

Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.

Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.

Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.

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