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Atletico Madrid open talks to sign ex-Real Madrid defensive prospect – Romano

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With Renan Lodi nearing a transfer to Premier League side Nottingham Forest, Atletico Madrid have already begun their search for a replacement for the Brazilian left-back.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are already in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over the potential signing of Sergio Reguilon.

The former Real Madrid prospect has fallen out of favour at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium under Antonio Conte and is primed to leave the club before the transfer window closes.

Plenty of clubs have taken an interest in the Spaniard, who is ‘more than appreciated’ at Atletico Madrid. With the situation surrounding Lodi evolving in the last few hours, negotiations for Reguilon could pick up pace.

A product of the Real Madrid youth academy, the 25-year-old made only 22 senior appearances for Atleti’s arch-rivals. Instead, Reguilon’s shot at fame came during the 2019/20 campaign when he was on loan at Sevilla, helping them win the UEFA Europa League.

Soon after that, a move to Tottenham Hotspur materialised, with Real Madrid including a €40 million buyback option which will expire at the end of this transfer window. However, they have not shown any inclination to trigger that clause, leaving the field clear for Atletico.

Lodi has been at the club for three years and his departure will leave a void at the Civitas Metropolitano, even though Reinildo Mandava is available at Diego Simeone’s disposal.

Signing a player like Reguilon, who is young but has a good degree of experience and exposure at the top level can be a good move.

Recent reports had indicated that Atleti had lodged a request to sign him on loan. Romano’s update does not specify whether the Colchoneros are trying to get him on a temporary deal or permanently, but talks are already underway and Reguilon could soon return to the Spanish capital.

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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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