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Atletico Madrid, Manchester City battling for 18-year-old Serie A defensive prodigy

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As reported by Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City are interested in raiding Serie A side Atalanta for the signing of teenage defender Giorgio Scalvini.

The 18-year-old is a product of the Atalanta youth academy and has been on the club’s books since 2015. Having made his senior debut in October last year, Scalvini has since featured 25 times for La Dea, bagging two goals in the process.

He has played four times this term and netted a solitary goal, which came as a winner against AS Roma just prior to the international break. A centre-back by trade, Scalvini can also play as a defensive midfielder and is held in very high regard in Italy.

And it seems like both Atletico Madrid and Manchester City have been impressed by the bags of potential he possesses. So much so that, the report states that Los Rojiblancos already asked Atalanta about the 18-year-old Scalvini back in August this year.

While it led to nothing, the La Liga heavyweights are continuing to follow up on the Italian prospect and are not prepared to give up on their interest in him as of yet.

Given the injury struggles of Jose Maria Gimenez and the age of Felipe and Stefan Savic, Diego Simeone’s side need to inject some new blood into their defensive line and someone like Scalvini can be an asset for the present and the future.

What makes him an even more attractive prospect is that the youngster will be out of contract at the end of the current season. But with Manchester City also interested in signing Scalvini, Atletico could have a tough time landing the defender, who has already earned one cap for the Italian national team.

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Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano

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Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.

Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.

However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.

As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.

There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.

And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.

But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.

Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.

Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.

From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.

After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023

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