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Atletico Madrid plotting €23 million bid to sign Brazilian midfielder from Premier League club

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Atletico Madrid’s start to the new season has been underwhelming. The Spanish side began their campaign with a dominant win over Getafe but immediately fell prey to Villarreal in the next matchday. Their third game too featured a win over Valencia that was far from convincing.

The squad clearly still has a few holes that remain to be filled. Heading into the final stretch of the transfer window, the attention turns to these voids.

According to reports from Telegraph, Atletico Madrid are trying to sign Douglas Luiz and are preparing an opening bid of £20 million (€23 million). However, Aston Villa are expected to reject the offer as they value the player at a much higher price.

The Brazilian would add an element of depth to Atletico’s defensive midfield which currently has limited options in Axel Witsel and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Last season, the 24-year-old made 34 league appearances for the Premier League club, scoring two goals and providing three assists. He also averaged just under 10 defensive actions per game.

Moreover, Luiz has nine caps for his national team – where he competes for a place alongside the likes of Casemiro, Fabinho and Fred. This is a testament to his quality as a defensive midfielder.

This season, however, Luiz has struggled to get into the starting lineup under Steven Gerrard. Moreover, Villa’s poor start to the season could open the doors for his potential exit.

Los Rojiblancos will have to work hard to seal the deal in the coming hours. With the current €23 million bid likely to be deemed insufficient, it remains to be seen if the club prepare a follow-up offer.

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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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