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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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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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