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Atletico Madrid weighing up a summer move for misfiring Barcelona forward



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After having raided Barcelona for the signing of Memphis Depay earlier this month, Atletico Madrid have set their sights on Camp Nou again as they consider the possible incorporation of misfiring forward Ferran Torres in the summer.

This claim comes from SPORT, who state that Los Rojiblancos are very attentive to the situation of the Spanish international as they are preparing for a major revamp of their attacking unit in the summer.

Atletico Madrid have already parted ways with Matheus Cunha, while they wish to permanently offload Joao Felix in the summer. Thomas Lemar and Alvaro Morata’s continuity at the Civitas Metropolitano beyond this season is also uncertain.

At the same time, there remain doubts over the continuity of Yannick Carrasco as well, with Barcelona retaining an option to sign him for €15-20 million.

Should Barça decide to take up the option to sign the Belgian international, Atletico Madrid intend to move for Ferran Torres in the summer.

The 22-year-old joined the Catalans in January last year in a deal worth €55 million but has failed to deliver on the expectations placed on him.

Goals have dried up for the former Valencia ace recently, leading to question marks over his future. Several clubs have made loan enquiries for Torres this month itself but Barcelona do not wish to entertain any offers at this point.

Xavi and his coaching staff reportedly retain full faith in the former Manchester City ace and they believe he can turn the situation around. But with Barcelona needing a major sale in the summer, Torres could be the one to get the axe if things do not improve.

And, Atletico Madrid are keeping a close eye on the forward’s situation at Camp Nou, ready to swoop in if he is made available for a transfer come summer.

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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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