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Atletico Madrid want to sign Arsenal target as a free agent next summer

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Earlier this week, Atletico Madrid were reported to be on the hunt for a new midfield option. While Diego Simeone has several options at his disposal to deploy as interiors, there are not many players he can rely on as the pivot.

After a long search, the club identified Douglas Luiz as the ideal signing. The Aston Villa midfielder is seen as the perfect backup to Geoffrey Kondogbia and Axel Witsel, especially given that the latter is not at the world-class level he was a few years ago.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Los Rojiblancos have changed their stance on the situation. The Italian journalist states that Atletico Madrid no longer consider his signing a priority and are looking to make a move for him next summer when he will be a free agent.

However, the story is not that straightforward. Arsenal have come out on the aggressive to sign the Brazilian international in recent hours and have already had one bid rejected.

The player already has an agreement in place with Arsenal over a five-year deal. Yet, Aston Villa are hesitant to let go of Luiz and there is no progress in negotiations between the clubs.

As it stands, the player may not be an Aston Villa player in 24 hours, in which case Atletico Madrid will stop their pursuit. The entire operation now hinges on Arsenal’s second bid which is expected to be close to €30 million.

Last season, the 24-year-old made 34 league appearances in the Premier League, scoring two goals and providing three assists. Moreover, he averaged over seven defensive actions per game.

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer

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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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