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Barcelona target was open to joining Atletico Madrid, €5m wage demands scuppered deal

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Earlier this week, Atletico Madrid completed the signing of Sergio Reguilon on a season-long loan deal. The operation is a dry loan and there is no obligation for Los Rojiblancos to purchase the left-back at the end of the season.

After this move, Reguilon joins a short and elite list of players to have played for both Madrid-based giants. While there were no hurdles in the negotiations with the player, he was reportedly not Atletico’s first choice signing.

According to reports from MARCA, Diego Simeone’s side first contacted Marcos Alonso of Chelsea before Reguilon. Despite being closely linked with a move to Barcelona, the Spaniard was open to playing at Civitas Metropolitano.

However, the move fell apart because of his sky-high demands. Alonso asked for a three-year contract with a net salary of €5 million per season, a proposal considered unaffordable by Atletico.

As of deadline day morning, the left-back is still contracted with the London-based side. However, several reports say that his move to Barcelona is completely done and that the official announcement is just a matter of time.

Last season, the 31-year-old made 28 league appearances for Chelsea, scoring four goals and providing as many assists. Moreover, he averaged just under ten defensive actions per game.

Los Rojiblancos lost Renan Lodi to Nottingham Forest earlier this week, leaving Reinildo Mandava as the only natural left-back. In the absence of options, Simeone has been forced to deploy Saul Niguez in that position too.

With Reguilon’s arrival, that hole has been plugged. It remains to be seen if the manager counts on the new signing as a starter or an option off the bench.

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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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