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Atletico Madrid scout 17-year-old Brazilian attacking prodigy

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It goes without saying that Brazil is a hotbed of young talents, hence it comes as no surprise that many Spanish teams send their scouts to unearth the hidden gems. As it turns out, the latest team to enter the fray is Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

According to AS, the representatives of the Rojiblanco team were present at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba this week to make a report on a certain Vitor Roque, who plays for Athletico Paranaense.

The 17-year-old scored a goal in a 3-0 win against Botafogo to finish the league campaign with five goals to this name. Interestingly enough, Atletico weren’t the only team who had sent their scouts, with AS reporting that representatives from Benfica, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also present at the venue.

Roque has been one of the standout performers at the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A. He is described by his manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, as someone who “is a precocious talent” and “one of the greatest Brazilian talents due to his quality and his desire to succeed.”

At just 17 years of age, Roque has shown immense potential as he has good control over his movements and shots. “I’m right-footed, but I scored almost all my goals with my left or my head. On the field I consider myself a great fighter,” he defines himself.

As mentioned above, Atletico are not the only team keeping an eye on the teenager and the presence of Barcelona could hinder their chances big time. 

As reported before that any team that wants to acquire his services has been told to shell out anywhere between €35-40 million. On top of everything, given that he will only turn 18 in February next year, the teams can only strike an early agreement for now and then wait to release the official papers.

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Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender

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According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.

The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.

Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.

Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.

The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.

Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.

Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.

Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.

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