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Atletico Madrid set to sign Tottenham defender on a loan deal – report



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Atletico Madrid have had a busy January transfer window, notably sanctioning the exit of star players such as Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha.

But to alleviate their losses, the club have been able to sign Memphis Depay from Barcelona. And according to Fabrizio Romano, they are now on the verge of signing another star in the form of Matt Doherty.

Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur over the sale of the right-back. There is no purchase clause included in the contract and the player is set for a medical at Wanda Metropolitano.

Doherty’s arrival at Atleti could serve as a massive boost for coach Diego Simeone, who has had issues with quality in the wider defensive areas.

The Irishman, to that end, could add more competition for the likes of Marcos Llorente and Nahuel Molina, who has not performed consistently all season. Not to mention, the 31-year-old offers vast experience at the highest level of football, having featured in over 100 matches in the Premier League.

He is also quite a flexible fullback, as he can operate on the left hand side, in addition to the right wing-back position – making him a handy asset for Simeone.

Doherty’s arrival at Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, will pave the way for Tottenham to sign Pedro Porro. The former Manchester City starlet was linked with a move to Atleti’s cross-town rivals Real Madrid, but it seems the Spaniard is now set for a move to North London.

As for Atleti, they were linked with a move for other options such as Arnau Martinez, but ultimately had to settle for a move for Doherty. Atleti do have a positive record of signing right-backs from Tottenham, having previously signed Kieran Trippier. But whether or not Doherty can follow in the footsteps of the English international remains to be seen.

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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano



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According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs monitoring the progress of UD Almeria striker Marciano Sanca.

The 19-year-old Guinea-Bissau forward joined Almeria from Portuguese outfit Leixoes in January last year, linking up with the club’s B team.

Marciano has made three league appearances Almeria’s reserve team and has not scored a goal yet. The teenager has been training with the first-team setup regularly and Romano claims that he is close to making his debut in La Liga.

While he might not have made a splash at the senior level yet, Marciano seems to be already gathering admirers with Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Brighton & Hove Albion said to be tracking the youngster.

Los Rojiblancos are set to enter the market for a new centre-forward as Joao Felix is expected to be sold permanently while Alvaro Morata’s future is also not entirely certain.

So even though Diego Simeone has Memphis Depay, Angel Correa, and Morata at his disposal, Atletico Madrid will dive into the market for a new striker with there being links to Mateo Retegui of Boca Juniors, currently on loan at Tigre.

Now, Marciano has also emerged as a potential target or Atletico Madrid, although signing him will not be easy in the summer.

Even though the 19-year-old’s contract expires in 2024, he is bound by a release clause worth €40 million and Almeria intend to keep him at the club beyond this season.

So, the La Liga club might hold out for the entire release clause amount in order to stave off potential suitors like Atletico Madrid, who are not in a position to make such an investment on an unproven youngster.

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