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Atletico Madrid receive boost in January pursuit of Barcelona forward



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Following the exits of Matheus Cunha and Joao Felix in the ongoing transfer window, Atletico Madrid have been forced into the market for attacking reinforcements. And it has led them to the doors of rivals Barcelona, with Memphis Depay emerging as a target.

The 28-year-old forward has fallen out of favour at Spotify Camp Nou this season, making just four appearances across all competitions. And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Barça could be open to an exit, as long as they are financially compensated.

Even if there was an agreement with the Blaugrana, the player’s desire to leave would have been an impediment in Atletico’s pursuit. However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Depay would be open to joining the Rojiblancos this month, handing them a major boost.

It had been previously reported that the Dutchman prefers to leave Barcelona as a free agent in the summer as it would see him benefit more in the financial sense.

Furthermore, the lack of European football on offer at Atletico Madrid could have been another issue in their pursuit of the Netherlands international.

However, Romano is now reporting that Depay would be open to making the switch to the Civitas Metropolitano from Spotify Camp Nou in the ongoing transfer window.

This development will provide a boost to Atleti’s chances of signing him. Negotiations with Barcelona are said to be continuing as the Colchoneros are stepping up their interest in signing Depay, who is also on the radars of Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Newcastle.

The ball seemingly is now firmly in Barça’s court and it is up to them to decide if they want to part ways with Depay this month or keep him until the end of the season.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer



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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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