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Atletico Madrid star on Juventus radar for next summer



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Antoine Griezmann has been a hot topic in the Atletico Madrid camp this season. With the club knee-deep in financial turmoil, they have opted to restrict the use of the Frenchman in an attempt to avoid paying €40 million at the end of the season.

This has led to Barcelona seeking legal measures, although Atletico Madrid seem to be on top of things. It could ultimately lead to Barça looking to lower the cost of the operation, in an attempt to offload Griezmann, one way or another.

However, according to a report from MARCA, Barcelona could be handed a lifeline as Juventus, too, are keeping tabs on the attacker.

The report sheds light on Juventus’ approach in the market, even after the club registered a loss of €250 million last financial year. They have already identified a list of players that could strengthen the team ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

Marco Asensio is one of the players targeted by Juve next summer, but the list also includes Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman has a vast experience at the highest level of football. He almost has 450 appearances to his name in La Liga while his contributions to the French national team have been critical over the years, including the nation’s triumph in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Although Juventus remain the outsiders in this transfer saga, they may have an excellent chance of signing the player if Atletico Madrid and Barcelona continue to have disagreements over the terms of the new deal.

Moreover, it appears Griezmann should not have any issues over reducing his wage demands as the attacker is keener on gaining regular game-time. A move to Juventus, to that end, could make perfect sense, especially as the Frenchman looks to revive his career after a disastrous spell at Barça.

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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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