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Inter Milan reignite interest in exit-linked Atletico Madrid midfielder



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Rodrigo de Paul is one of the few players whose future is undecided at Atletico Madrid. Neither are the management so convinced by his impact as to confirm his stay, nor are they let down to push for his departure.

At the moment, his future seems to be more at Atletico Madrid than away from it though nothing can be said for sure. According to reports from MARCA, de Paul’s future is in jeopardy.

Inter Milan have been fans of the midfielder for a long time now and are said to have revived their interest in the Argentine.

Though Atletico’s initial idea was for him to stay at the club, the market could bring about a 180-degree turn in their transfer plans should the right offer arrive.

De Paul joined Los Rojiblancos in July from Udinese for a €40 million fee. Several European supergiants were said to have been interested in his signing, but the player saw his future under Diego Simeone.

Despite a bright start at his new club, the Argentine quickly fell out of favour and started spending more time on the bench than he would have liked to.

The 27-year-old has only started 22 La Liga games for the red-and-white of Madrid, scoring two goals and providing one assist. He averages 1.4 key passes per game and has created seven big chances.

Defensively, he has not been spectacular either. de Paul averages only 0.5 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, 0.5 clearances, and four duels won per ninety minutes.

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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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