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Atletico Madrid interested in signing PSG defender in the summer – report



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According to French publication Le Parisien, Atletico Madrid are weighing up a summer move for PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe.

The 27-year-old defender has been a permanent fixture in the Parisian giants’ backline for years now and has won the lot with the club. But his contract stands to expire next year and the centre-half could be open to a new adventure in his career.

Furthermore, Kimpembe was involved in a recent issue at PSG as manager Christophe Galtier announced that Kylian Mbappe was the new vice-captain of the club, a position held by the French defender, who is currently recovering from an injury.

Following this, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner stated that he was not informed about the decision made by Galtier. While the club came out and addressed the incident by saying that there will be a rotational vice-captaincy employed, it is likely to have had an effect.

Amidst this, Kimpembe has emerged as a possible transfer target for Atletico Madrid.

Los Rojiblancos are already working on reinforcing their defence with the signing of Caglar Soyuncu from Leicester City. But with the likes of Jose Maria Gimenez and Mario Hermoso not performing consistently enough, Diego Simeone’s side could do with another quality addition.

The report states that Atletico have been interested in Kimpembe for a while now and are now considering making a move for the World Cup winning-defender in the summer transfer window.

Given the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract, it is likely that several other clubs could look to swoop in for Kimpembe come summer. So, Atletico would have to move quickly if they intend to get their hands on the PSG mainstay.

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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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