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Atletico Madrid’s January pursuit of Barcelona forward in danger of collapsing

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Memphis Depay’s move to Atletico Madrid seemed to be nearing a stage of total completion recently. However, if the latest reports from Mundo Deportivo are to be believed, the player’s transfer to Civitas Metropolitano has hit a dead end.

According to the Spanish outlet, Barcelona are now having second thoughts about selling the player to a direct rival. The Catalans would prefer if the Dutchman moved to a foreign league in the ongoing transfer window.

While this spells bad news for Atleti, Barcelona’s decision is not one that can be faulted. After all, they do not have the best history in transactions with the Rojiblancos. Moreover, they do not have any replacement in place and are unsure of the FFP situation even if the forward leaves.

The last two times the Blaugranas sold a forward to Atletico Madrid, the respective players won the league title for the Colchoneros. In addition to the sagas of Luis Suarez and David Villa, one recounts how the entire Antoine Griezmann transfer saga unfolded back in 2019 and last year.

As for Depay, the Dutchman is open to leaving Spotify Camp Nou only for a promising project and would be happy to join Atletico Madrid. But if a move does not materialise, he is okay with running down the final six months on the sidelines.

Thus, the Rojiblancos can look to snap up Depay’s services in June regardless as he will be available as a free agent.

The priority for Diego Simeone & co. now will be to look at alternative options to cover the void left by the departures of Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha for they are heavily short-staffed in the forward department. Given the club’s situation, it would not be surprising if they accept a player on a six-month loan spell too.

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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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