Atletico Madrid are still not done in the summer transfer window as they have reportedly opened talks with Ligue 1 side Rennes for the signing of Lovro Majer.
This claim comes from French publication L’Equipe, who state that the 24-year-old midfielder would consider a move to the Civitas Metropolitano due to the availability of Champions League football.
Majer has been likened to fellow Croatian midfielder and Real Madrid icon Luka Modric in his country. Having spent the majority of his career at Dinamo Zagreb, he moved to Rennes only last summer, arriving in a deal worth €12 million, including bonuses.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a positive start to life in Brittany, bagging six goals and nine assists from 38 appearances so far. Able to play as a No. 8 or a No. 10, the Croatian international offers goals and creativity from the centre of the park.
It has seemingly attracted the interest of Atletico Madrid, who have now initiated talks with Rennes over a possible move for Majer.
The report states that the ex-Dinamo Zagreb star is happy and well-settled at his current club, but he could be ‘seduced’ by the prospect of playing in the UEFA Champions League with Diego Simeone’s side.
Majer’s contract with Rennes runs until the summer of 2026. So, the Ligue 1 outfit could demand a hefty fee for his signing. Whether Atleti can afford to shell out a big amount and register the player would be a major question given the problems they have had this summer.
For now, though, talks are taking place between the Rojiblancos and Rennes over a possible deal involving Majer.
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.