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Atletico Madrid set sights on Bosman move for 25-year-old Arsenal, Liverpool target
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.
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Atletico Madrid midfielder wanted by three La Liga clubs, salary an issue
There is no doubt that Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer ahead as they look to address the future of some of their star players. One of them is Saul Niguez, who has fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone and could leave the club.
A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered an update on the future of the Spaniard, suggesting that the player has once again become a market attraction.
The versatile star was on loan at Chelsea last season, but his spell at Stamford Bridge was far from ideal, as he featured in less than 500 minutes of league football. He returned to Atletico Madrid in the summer, and even though he wanted to leave the club, a move did not materialise.
Saul was even linked with a move away from Atleti in January. But Valencia, who were interested in him at the time, could not afford the deal, particularly because of the player’s salary and transfer fees.
The report from Mundo Deportivo states that Valencia have retained their interest in the player. But in addition to Los Che, Saul has been targeted by two other Spanish teams in the form of Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla.
Rayo have expressed the desire to sign Saul in the coming season. But they are likely to face economic difficulties in funding a move for the midfielder. The same can be said for Sevilla.
Saul’s current contract at Atletico Madrid expires in 2026, a deal that was agreed when the player was at his peak. But the long contract has now come back to haunt Atleti, as they desperately look to get rid of the Spanish international.
With his suitors likely to face financial trouble in weighing up a move, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Saul in the coming summer.
Saul is not the only Atletico Madrid player facing an uncertain future, with Axel Witsel’s father also hinting at a possible exit recently.