Thomas Lemar’s journey at Atletico Madrid has been far from consistent since his arrival from AS Monaco in 2018. The player had an unconvincing first season under Diego Simeone and was considered a failed transfer given his high price tag.
Yet, over the past two years, Lemar made a good comeback for Los Rojiblancos. He might not have goals to show for his improvement, but there has been an unbelievable transformation in his understanding of the system.
According to reports from David G Medina of MARCA, Atletico Madrid have offered the Frenchman a contract extension. However, he is said to have rejected the proposal.
Lemar’s contract with the club is set to expire in June 2023. With just over a year left on his deal, it is now the ideal time for Atleti to sell him if he does not intend to renew.
Since his arrival four seasons ago, the French international played close to 150 games, scoring nine goals and providing 14 assists. His relative lack of minutes could be the main reason pushing the player towards an exit. However, the economic aspect of Atletico’s offer is unknown and a more convincing effort could seal the his renewal.
If the situation continues, Los Rojiblancos will listen to offers for the player this month. Arsenal have been heavily interested in the player in the past, and could look to swoop him this summer as they look to strengthen their squad.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.