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Atletico Madrid ready to offer €3 million per year contract to Colombian midfielder



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Barcelona and Real Madrid continue upgrading their squad with every passing transfer window, leaving behind a third contender who once stood neck to neck with them.

Atletico Madrid have fallen off steeply in the past season and a half, and there is now an urgency at the offices to make amends and reinforce positions of importance. One such key position is that of the defensive midfield.

The defensive midfield position has, for long, been one of the least represented positions on the transfer market. Clubs have been forced to pay exorbitant fees for the services of new players who can operate as a pivot with Real Madrid’s Aurelien Thcouameni being the perfect example.

With Koke now 31 years of age, there is a need to strengthen the position. According to reports from Record Portugal, the club have identified Mateus Uribe as the perfect signing.

The Colchoneros are willing to give the player a contract worth €3 million per season for three years, effectively keeping the player until the summer of 2026.

The Colombian international plays for Porto and has been a regular starter this term for the Portuguese giants. He has started 24 of the 25 games he has participated in and has scored three goals in the process.

With 0.7 key passes per game and two big chances created so far, his attacking output is not elite. As a defensive midfielder, however, it is important to record that the 32-year-old averages over 11 defensive actions per game for his side.

Uribe’s contract with Porto ends in the summer and the player is free to sign a pre-contract with any club of his choice. Flamengo are interested in signing the star and were the favourite to do so until Diego Simeone’s side entered the equation in recent hours.

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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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