With finances tight, Atletico Madrid will likely delve into the free-agent pool next summer in order to bolster their squad. And, according to AS, the Rojiblancos have identified Borussia Monchengladbach and France forward Marcus Thuram as a possible target for 2023.
The 25-year-old has been with Gladbach for over three years now, having joined the Bundesliga outfit from Guingamp in 2019 and has grown into one of the most dangerous forward in the German top flight.
In 119 appearances for Gladbach, Thuram has netted 41 goals, with 13 of those coming from 17 matches in the ongoing season. The 25-year-old is currently a part of the France squad taking part in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Able to play in multiple positions in the frontline, the French international was being targeted by clubs like Tottenham and Inter Milan this past summer, but a move did not materialise.
However, with his contract with the Bundesliga club expiring at the end of the season, Thuram is expected to move on, with Atletico Madrid emerging as a potential suitor.
Los Rojiblancos could be set for a revamp of their attacking unit in the near future as Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha appear to have no future at the Civitas Metropolitano. Alvaro Morata has not been consistent enough either and additional firepower is needed.
This is where Thuram enters the picture. He has proven to be a reliable goalscorer for Borussia Monchengladbach and would be a free agent in the summer, which appeals to Los Colchoneros.
However, as per the report, Arsenal and Liverpool are also said to be interested in signing Thuram next year while Inter Milan are also said to be considering a swoop for him in January itself.
So, Atletico Madrid will have to be swift in their approach if they wish to convince Thuram to join them next year.
Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender
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.