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Manchester City interested in 24-year-old Atletico Madrid defender



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The arrival of Reinildo Mandava at Atletico Madrid in the last winter transfer window provided Diego Simeone with a new option at left-back. The Mozambique international initially played as a backup to Renan Lodi, but eventually stole the limelight.

As the season progressed, Lodi’s importance in the team reduced. The manager tried various formulae to integrate the Brazilian as a midfielder, but none clicked in the long term.

And he could now be on his way out as, according to reports from The Telegraph, Manchester City are interested in signing the Lodi from Atletico Madrid.

This is not the first the Premier League champions have been interested in Lodi, for it was reported that the club made a staggering €50 million offer for the 24-year-old Brazilian in 2020.

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s move to Arsenal has now once again opened up a vacancy in the Man City squad at left-back. Pep Guardiola sees the Atletico Madrid full-back as the ideal replacement for the departed Ukrainian.

If Lodi’s primary concern in Madrid is lack of playing time, a move to City may not be the right solution. The Premier League champions have a world-class operator in Joao Cancelo, who has excelled at left-back despite being a right-back, and displacing him would be close to impossible.

Lodi’s contract at Wanda Metropolitano sees him at the club until the summer of 2025. Three years remain on his deal and Atletico Madrid are under no pressure to sell him.

Last season, the Brazilian made 29 league appearances for the Atleti scoring two goals and providing two assists. However, he only started 13 of those 29 appearances.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo



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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.

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