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Atletico Madrid raise their offer for Real Madrid striker target



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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were expected to be on hostile terms after the pact of non-aggression was broken, but the situation has evolved to a whole new level in recent weeks.

The arrival of Iker Bravo into the picture has seen sparks re-ignite between the two sides. Both clubs are trying to secure the striker’s services, and the race could boil down to the final day of the window.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Los Rojiblancos are not ready to go down without a fight. Diego Simeone’s side have upped their offer for the Bayer Leverkusen forward in view of their neighbours’ sudden entry into the race.

The German club are willing to send Bravo on a two-season loan with a purchase clause. While the fee for the loan will be a mere €1 million, it would cost the interested party €15 million to make his signing permanent.

Both the Madrid clubs do not intend to use the Spaniard’s services for the first team initially. Bravo will play for the academy in his first season before hopefully switching to the first division on merit.

The 17-year-old is seen as the future replacement for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. However, he could see a more immediate role in the first team with Diego Simeone as Atletico Madrid are still shuffling with their attacking lineup.

The youngster did not play a big part in Leverkusen’s first team last season but was a constant figure in the young team dynamics. While he certainly lacks experience, he has a ton of potential, which both clubs from the Spanish capital realise.

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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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