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Atletico Madrid rival Premier League club for Barcelona starlet, have contacted player’s camp



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According to SPORT, Atletico Madrid are interested in Barcelona winger Ez Abde, who is currently on loan at CA Osasuna. However, they will have to battle it out with Premier League side Wolves, who are ‘crazy’ about the 21-year-old starlet.

Abde signed for Barcelona in 2021 and made his first-team breakthrough that year soon after Xavi Hernandez took over the reins of the team. He made a solid impression in the handful of chances he received and left for Osasuna on loan last summer to further his development.

The spell in Pamplona has been a good one for the Moroccan international. He has scored five goals and set up two more in 26 games across all competitions, helping them to eighth place in La Liga and a spot in the finals of the Copa del Rey.

It has elevated interest in the 21-year-old Abde, with clubs in the Premier League, Wolves in particular, taking note of his abilities.

However, Atletico Madrid are also interested in Abde and are understood to have already contacted his entourage to check his position on a possible transfer in the summer.

The Rojiblancos are likely to lose Yannick Carrasco this summer, with Barcelona keen on the Belgian international. It would open up a spot on the left flank at the Civitas Metropolitano and Diego Simeone is said to be an admirer of Abde.

While Barcelona are happy with his progression at Osasuna, his future at the club is not guaranteed as they need to make player sales to balance their books. So, they could be open to a sale if a good offer arrives.

However, Abde is understood to be keen on staying at Barcelona next season and is not willing to change his mind on that stance. So, Atletico Madrid will have work to do to convince the youngster to leave Barça permanently next summer.

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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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