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Atletico Madrid will look to sell Frenchman in the summer if he does not renew – report

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It could be an interesting summer ahead for Atletico Madrid. In what has been an underwhelming campaign so far, the Spanish champions must strengthen their squad if they are to continue fighting for the title next season and do well in the UEFA Champions League.

Atleti have been already linked with a multitude of star players across Europe. At the same time, many players could leave the club as well, as part of Diego Simeone’s potential overhaul.

According to a report from Eldesmarque, one of the players in contention to leave Wanda Metropolitano is Thomas Lemar. Atleti will look to offload him should he not renew his current contract.

The Frenchman is the second most expensive signing in the club’s history, joining from Monaco in 2018, for a staggering fee of €72 million.

Four years into his spell at Atleti, the move hasn’t paid off for Simeone as the player has struggled to settle into his new surroundings and has been largely underwhelming in terms of his performances, especially in his first two seasons at the club.

In addition to a lack of form, Lemar has been unlucky with injuries. He has spent countless spells on the sidelines, mostly due to a recurring muscle problem.

While the former Monaco starlet did play a vital role in helping Atletico Madrid win the league title last season, his form has dissipated in the ongoing campaign, with the playmaker earning only 17 starts in the league so far.

Lemar has fallen behind Yannick Carrasco in the pecking order, and with his contract expiring at the end of next season, Atletico Madrid are likely to offload him in the summer.

It appears Los Colchoneros want to recoup a fraction of the €72 million they had spent on the player four years ago before the Frenchman enters the final year of his contract.

Lemar will not be the only player leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, though, with Simeone also keen on offloading a few other unwanted stars in the team, in an attempt to balance the books.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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