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Atletico Madrid ‘one step away’ from signing Barcelona attacker

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According to David G Medina of MARCA, Atletico Madrid are ‘one step away’ from clinching the signing of Barcelona star Memphis Depay as a replacement for Joao Felix.

The 28-year-old has been identified as the primary target by the Rojiblancos to bolster their frontline following the departures of Felix and Matheus Cunha.

Communication channels with Barça have been open this week, with reports suggesting that the Blaugrana would be open to a sale as long as they receive some monetary compensation in exchange.

Furthermore, Fabrizio Romano reported earlier today that Depay would be open to joining Atletico Madrid.

And now, the aforementioned report from MARCA states that negotiations are moving forward at a rapid pace, and the deal could be closed in the next few days.

The Colchoneros were interested in Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias, but Felix’s loan exit meant that they could not invest heavily in the permanent signing of a new forward. Hence, they decided to press forward in search of a solution for the remainder of the season.

Thus, a move for Depay gained weight within the Atletico Madrid offices as the forward would be available for a move this month due to several factors.

The Dutchman is no longer counted as a regular at Camp Nou and given his contract expires in the summer, the Catalans are open to cashing on him to generate some revenue and cut down on their wage bill.

Two other factors that convinced Atleti to move for Depay are the striker’s know-how of La Liga football, having been at Barça for 18 months, and the relationship between the two clubs.

Despite the tensions between Barça and Atletico due to Antoine Griezmann’s transfer earlier this season, it is said that the two teams share a good relationship.

So, as things stand, negotiations over a deal for Depay are seemingly moving forward at a fast pace and he could soon be an Atletico Madrid player.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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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.

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