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Liverpool, Tottenham midfield target wants to join Atletico Madrid – report
Sofyan Amrabat was one of the rising stars in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and a leading figure for Morocco in their dream run in the competition that saw them reach the semi-finals, only to be beaten by runners-up France.
Despite the disappointment in the semi-finals, clubs across Europe have already taken a closer look at some of the Moroccan stars, with Amrabat among the ones topping the list.
For much of the season, the Fiorentina midfielder has been closely linked with a move to Liverpool. The player’s entourage had already met Jurgen Klopp over the possibility of the midfielder’s potential move to Anfield in January.
In addition to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur were another Premier League giant keen on the services of Amrabat. In fact, the Lilywhites have been scouting the Fiorentina star for quite some time now and had considered him as an ideal partner for the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur.
But according to Foot Mercato, Amrabat has other plans. It appears the Moroccan international wants to play in La Liga, and as such, he is considering a move to Atletico Madrid.
Amrabat is a huge admirer of Diego Simeone and had praised the Atleti coach publicly in the past. Even though Simeone’s future at the club has come under doubt lately, the player believes a move to Atletico could be the most logical move at this time of his career.
Aged 26, Amrabat has over 100 Serie A appearances under his belt. His ability to operate all across the central midfield, coupled with his work rate makes him an ideal option for Los Colchoneros as they look to refine their midfield department.
However, luring the Moroccan away from Fiorentina will not be a walk in the park. While the player is willing to snub better offers from the Premier League in favour of a move to Atleti, the Serie A outfit might not be on board with the move as they seek to squeeze out as much as they can from the sale.
Hence, it is now up to Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina to start the negotiations and reach an agreement over Amrabat’s potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano this month.
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
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.