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Atletico Madrid keen on Bosman move for Barcelona target, make contract offer



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According to COPE, Atletico Madrid have made a contract offer to Athletic Club defender Inigo Martinez as they look to sign him up on a free transfer this summer.

Martinez is in the final four months of his contract with Athletic Club and has shown no indication about wanting to continue at San Mames beyond the ongoing campaign.

A Bosman move away from the Basque club looks pretty much guaranteed in the summer and it seems like he is not short on suitors.

Barcelona have been linked with a move for Martinez since last year and continue to retain an interest in acquiring his services this summer as well.

But, Atletico Madrid have also emerged as a suitor for the 31-year-old as Diego Simeone looks to bolster his backline before next season.

While Mario Hermoso has turned things around of late, Jose Maria Gimenez’s injury issues are starting to become a concern. And with Stefan Savic’s age and disciplinary issues, it makes sense for the Rojiblancos to bring in a new defender.

Atletico Madrid already look set to sign Leicester City ace Caglar Soyuncu in the summer, also as a free agent, and are now hoping to add Martinez to their roster as well.

To that end, as the report states, the Colchoneros have already made a contract offer to try and beat Barcelona to the punch.

But, it has previously been reported that Martinez is holding out for a move to Spotify Camp Nou and is unlikely to consider any other offers unless the doors to the Catalan club are completely closed.

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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano



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According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs monitoring the progress of UD Almeria striker Marciano Sanca.

The 19-year-old Guinea-Bissau forward joined Almeria from Portuguese outfit Leixoes in January last year, linking up with the club’s B team.

Marciano has made three league appearances Almeria’s reserve team and has not scored a goal yet. The teenager has been training with the first-team setup regularly and Romano claims that he is close to making his debut in La Liga.

While he might not have made a splash at the senior level yet, Marciano seems to be already gathering admirers with Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Brighton & Hove Albion said to be tracking the youngster.

Los Rojiblancos are set to enter the market for a new centre-forward as Joao Felix is expected to be sold permanently while Alvaro Morata’s future is also not entirely certain.

So even though Diego Simeone has Memphis Depay, Angel Correa, and Morata at his disposal, Atletico Madrid will dive into the market for a new striker with there being links to Mateo Retegui of Boca Juniors, currently on loan at Tigre.

Now, Marciano has also emerged as a potential target or Atletico Madrid, although signing him will not be easy in the summer.

Even though the 19-year-old’s contract expires in 2024, he is bound by a release clause worth €40 million and Almeria intend to keep him at the club beyond this season.

So, the La Liga club might hold out for the entire release clause amount in order to stave off potential suitors like Atletico Madrid, who are not in a position to make such an investment on an unproven youngster.

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