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Atletico Madrid star set to replace injured forward in Argentina’s World Cup squad

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In a huge update, as reported by Fabrizio Romano, Argentina are set to make a change to their squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022 with Atletico Madrid ace Angel Correa set to replace Nicolas Gonzalez.

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni had revealed yesterday that he could make one or two last-minute changes to his squad before the World Cup started as there were a few players who were yet to prove their fitness.

And, it has now seemingly been decided that Gonzalez, the 24-year-old Fiorentina winger, is not fit enough to continue with the national team for the World Cup in Qatar. And replacing him will be Atletico Madrid attacker Angel Correa.

There had been a lot of outcry from some fans when Correa had been excluded from the initial squad named by Scaloni.

The 27-year-old has scored four goals and set up one more in 21 appearances for Atletico Madrid across all competitions this season.

As for his numbers on the international stage are concerned, Correa has 22 caps for Argentina, in which he has scored three goals. The versatile forward was part of the Albiceleste side that won the Copa America last year.

And he is now all set to join Lionel Messi & co. in Qatar as they chase the World Cup glory.

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Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender

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According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.

The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.

Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.

Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.

The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.

Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.

Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.

Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.

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