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Atletico Madrid planning summer swoop for Argentine striker – report



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Atletico Madrid is not a club usually linked with star signings. It was for that very reason that their decision to splash €125 million on Joao Felix caught eyes across the globe.

Reports suggested that Diego Simeone was looking for the signing of a star striker in June, with names like Lautaro Martinez strongly linked.

According to reports from MARCA, Los Rojiblancos have now discarded the idea of a big-money signing as it would be difficult. Instead, Simeone has another plan in mind.

The manager is said to be delighted with Matheus Cunha, and wants to make him a crucial part of the club’s plans next season by giving him a role as a starter. Due to that, Atletico Madrid are now considering signing a striker who complements the Brazilian.

One of the names that has popped up is that of Lucas Boye. The Argentine striker has been one of Elche’s standout performers this season and is a serious option for the upcoming transfer window.

In 21 league starts this season, the 26-year-old has scored seven times whilst assisting thrice. He has created seven big chances and averages one key pass per game. He has proven to be an astute dribbler and is one of Elche’s most potent creative force.

He would be a great tactical addition behind Cunha, who has proven to have an eye for goal. It is undoubtedly the player’s positional acumen and ability off the ball that make him an attractive prospect for Diego Simeone.

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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