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Everton interested in January move for out-of-favour Atletico Madrid defender



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According to the Daily Mail, Everton are showing an interest in securing the signing of Atletico Madrid defender Felipe, who is also on the radars of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Felipe has become out of favour at Atletico Madrid this season, with manager Diego Simeone hardly calling upon his services during matches.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with an exit in the ongoing transfer window, with Wolves being touted as a possible destination for the centre-half.

Negotiations over a deal had been held during the talks over Matheus Cunha’s move, but the transfer had not gone through.

However, recent reports suggest that Wolves remain keen on signing Felipe and could finalise a move soon. But now, Everton have seemingly entered the race to sign the defender.

The Toffees are not in the best of form and are once again staring at the possibility of a relegation battle. Manager Frank Lampard is thus looking for reinforcements in the ongoing transfer window.

However, they might have to clear out some of their players first before hoping to sign anyone this month.

This could give Wolves an advantage, especially considering that they have already laid the groundwork for the deal.

As for Atletico Madrid, they are ready to part with Felipe and are in talks to sign Caglar Soyuncu from Leicester City.

The Turkish international is out of contract in the summer and is keen to join the Rojiblancos. Atletico are hoping to bring him in this month itself rather than waiting until the summer.

But it will depend on whether Diego Simeone’s side are able to offload Felipe.

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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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