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Atletico Madrid want Premier League star to replace Manchester United, Tottenham target
A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered an update on the future of Jan Oblak. Despite speculations ringing around the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper signing a contract extension until 2028, he remains a top target for multiple Premier League clubs.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs targeting a move for Oblak in 2023.
Man United are targeting Oblak as a direct replacement for David de Gea, who could leave Old Trafford in the summer. Tottenham, too, are targeting the Atleti goalkeeper as a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris, who is in the final phase of his career..
Atletico Madrid, for their part, have started their search for a replacement for Oblak. They are reportedly keen on the services of Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa.
The former Arsenal starlet has been performing at the top of his game ever since his move to Villa Park a few years ago. He has established himself as a first-team regular for the Argentine national team, notably helping the country lift the Copa America title in 2021.
Martinez’s consistent performances at the club level have also made him one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. As such, he has emerged as Atletico Madrid’s desired option to replace Oblak.
Martinez had extended his contract with Villa earlier in the year and his deal at the club does not expire until 2027. Hence, the goalkeeper could cost a fortune, as far as Atletico Madrid are concerned.
However, it will not come as a surprise to see the Argentine international pushing for a move to Atletico Madrid, as he could look to team up with his fellow countryman Diego Simeone.
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
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.