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Atletico Madrid set to push for 26-year-old Premier League defender on deadline day



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Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone are prepared for a big change in their centre-back department in the coming hours. Brazilian centre-back Felipe is edging ever-so-close to an exit from Civitas Metropolitano and is set to join Nottingham Forest. Thus, Atleti see the need to sign a new centre-back as a priority.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, the Colchoneros will push for Caglar Soyuncu’s incorporation once Felipe’s transfer goes through. This sets up the stage for an event-filled and hectic deadline day at the offices of the Rojiblancos.

Atletico Madrid already have a verbal agreement with Soyuncu that will see him arrive at the club in June. However, the idea now is to pre-pone his transfer from Leicester City by six months.

The Turkish International is in the final year of his contract with the Premier League side and will thus join Diego Simeone’s side on a free in the summer. Hence, it may be beneficial for Leicester to accept a nominal fee from the Spanish club in January for an early move as opposed to losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old has been sparingly used by Brendan Rogers this season and has just one Premier League appearance against Manchester City to show. His last appearance for the club came in the first week of January when he started against Gillingham in the FA Cup.

Last season, the Soyuncu played 28 league games for the English side and oversaw five clean sheets in the process. While he did commit two penalties, his average of over 11 defensive actions per game show the quality he possesses. He also found the back of the net once in last season’s Premier League.

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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target



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Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and want to fight for his signing in the summer, according to a report from Javi Gomara of Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old is also a transfer target for FC Barcelona and several clubs in the Premier League.

Amrabat burst into the limelight after enjoying a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which he helped Morocco reach the semi-finals. The midfielder was heavily linked with an exit in January, with Barcelona, Atletico and several other clubs linked.

However, a move did not materialise and he remained at Fiorentina. However, with his contract expiring next year, the Moroccan international could be on his way out in the summer, even though the Italian outfit are trying to tie him down with a new contract.

And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid are ready to fight for his signing in the summer. The report states that Amrabat is a player that is very well-liked by the Rojiblancos and would be an important cog in Diego Simeone’s side if they sign him.

Amrabat will be playing at the Civitas Metropolitano tonight, with Atletico’s home ground hosting a friendly between Morocco and Peru. And the Colchoneros dream of making the stadium the 26-year-old’s permanent home from next season.

The report adds that the Moroccan international himself would be ‘delighted’ to join the club. After all, he did speak highly of Simeone and Atleti during the World Cup, when he said:

“He has coached Atletico Madrid for many years. I like his style of play. He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players in his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”

Atletico Madrid have been linked with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but hold no interest in him. Instead, they wish to sign a player of Amrabat’s profile and quality. However, the 26-year-old will not come cheap as Fiorentina will demand a €40 million fee for him.

Beyond that, the interest of Barcelona and other clubs in the Premier League would also be a roadblock for the Spanish capital club.

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