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Atletico Madrid rivalled by Chelsea and Arsenal in pursuit of Brazilian international

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With the transfer deadline not far away, it seems like Atletico Madrid are still not quite done with their business in the summer window.

According to Sky Sports, Los Rojiblancos are among a host of clubs interested in securing the services of Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.

The Brazilian holding midfielder has emerged as a transfer target for Diego Simeone’s side who are looking to add more quality and strength to their squad as they hope to challenge their neighbours Real Madrid for the La Liga title.

Even though Atletico Madrid have signed Axel Witsel this summer, the Belgian is no longer the quality player he used to be a few years ago at Borussia Dortmund. So, signing someone of Luiz’s age and proven pedigree can help the Colchoneros as they would be adding more steel and bite in the midfield.

However, Luiz looks likely to spark a deadline day scramble as some heavy-hitters in the Premier League are also interested in signing the 24-year-old enforcer from Villa.

Indeed, as per the report from Sky Sports, Arsenal and Chelsea are also in the hunt for the signing of the Brazilian international.

The Gunners are forced into the market after injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, while Chelsea are looking for a backup for N’Golo Kante, who is also out with an injury. It has led them to the Aston Villa midfielder, given his experience in the Premier League.

Liverpool, too, have been mentioned as suitors. However, the Reds are unlikely to pursue Luiz as they are close to signing his compatriot, Arthur Melo, from Juventus.

Even if Liverpool are no longer in contention, clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal would be better equipped to hand Luiz a much more lucrative contract than Atletico Madrid. So, the Rojiblancos will have a tough fight on their hands if they wish to sign the midfielder before the summer window slams shut.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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