Gerard Pique’s difficult situation at Barcelona attracted Atletico Madrid’s interest recently, but as it turns out, the chances of the defender signing for the team are next to impossible as he will not move from the Catalan city in January, reports Diario SPORT.
Diego Simeone is said to be dissatisfied with the performances of the likes of Stefan Savic, Felipe, Mario Hermoso and Jose Maria Gimenez this season. On top of that, none of the players have had great luck with injuries either.
Given the issues, Simeone passed the running idea of going for Pique in the January transfer window. This way, the Argentine tactician would have a seasoned first-team defender and as for Barcelona, it would allow them to reduce their wage bill.
There are reports that Barcelona are extensively working on reducing their first-team salaries. The exits of club captains, including Pique, are expected to be the catalysts ahead of the 2023-24 season.
The 35-year-old has endured a difficult time this season, appearing in a solitary La Liga fixture so far. But, as things stand, he has no desire to leave Barça for Atletico Madrid in January as he still hopes to show that he could be a useful component at Spotify Camp Nou.
In all fairness, this remains a perfect opportunity for the veteran especially since Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde are set to miss several weeks of action. This creates space for Pique to work his way back into the Barcelona setup
Hence, for now, Pique to Atletico Madrid remains a far-fetched dream in the first place, mostly because will not leave Barcelona in January.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
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.