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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 midfielder wanted by three La Liga clubs, salary an issue



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There is no doubt that Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer ahead as they look to address the future of some of their star players. One of them is Saul Niguez, who has fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone and could leave the club.

A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered an update on the future of the Spaniard, suggesting that the player has once again become a market attraction.

The versatile star was on loan at Chelsea last season, but his spell at Stamford Bridge was far from ideal, as he featured in less than 500 minutes of league football. He returned to Atletico Madrid in the summer, and even though he wanted to leave the club, a move did not materialise.

Saul was even linked with a move away from Atleti in January. But Valencia, who were interested in him at the time, could not afford the deal, particularly because of the player’s salary and transfer fees.

The report from Mundo Deportivo states that Valencia have retained their interest in the player. But in addition to Los Che, Saul has been targeted by two other Spanish teams in the form of Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla.

Rayo have expressed the desire to sign Saul in the coming season. But they are likely to face economic difficulties in funding a move for the midfielder. The same can be said for Sevilla.

Saul’s current contract at Atletico Madrid expires in 2026, a deal that was agreed when the player was at his peak. But the long contract has now come back to haunt Atleti, as they desperately look to get rid of the Spanish international.

With his suitors likely to face financial trouble in weighing up a move, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Saul in the coming summer.

Saul is not the only Atletico Madrid player facing an uncertain future, with Axel Witsel’s father also hinting at a possible exit recently.

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