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Atletico Madrid slap €110 million price tag on Newcastle United-wanted duo



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Since Newcastle United’s takeover by a Saudi owned consortium, the Premier League side have been actively scouting the transfer window. Their laden treasury now gives them the economic freedom to sign quality players irrespective of the transfer fee, and the results are already visible.

Eddie Howe’s side pulled off a late positive run in the league to secure a mid-table finish, thanks to their smart recruitment in January. One of the impact signings in the winter was that of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

However, Newcastle are not done with their business with Los Rojiblancos. Reports have said that the English side are interested in signing Renan Lodi and Yannick Carrasco.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico Madrid are willing to let go of Lodi if an offer of over €40 million is placed on the table. That figure, it seems, would not be a problem for Newcastle.

However, the case with Carrasco is not as clear. The club intend to keep the winger in the squad and will not let him go for a dime less than his release clause of €70 million. The Magpies could well reach that figure, too, if they were interested.

Diego Simeone has cover for Lodi in the form of Reinildo Mandava. The 28-year-old started 15 league games for his side in six months and has been defensively solid, averaging three tackles and two clearances per game.

The two clubs are said to share a good relationship, especially after the recent transfer of Trippier. It is expected that the two clubs will reach an agreement soon over the economics of the two transfers.

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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