Game time is of utmost importance for any professional footballer, more so this year. The club-level performance of players in the upcoming season will have a direct impact on their role in Qatar.
Needless to say, players will not settle for a bench role. That is what makes Renan Lodi’s situation at Atletico Madrid concerning as the Brazilian is no longer an undisputed starter for the team.
Manchester City were said to be interested in signing the left-back, but Fabrizio Romano has dismissed the possibility. According to the ever-reliable journalist, Lodi was a target for City in July, but talks are not progressing. As it stands, the deal is off.
Pep Guardiola fancied the 24-year-old as the ideal backup to Joao Cancelo after the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko. However, the economics of the deal could be the reason it did not go through.
Los Rojiblancos valued the player on a level similar to Marc Cucurella, who recently moved to Chelsea. The London-based club shelled out close to €70 million for the Spaniard, and Atletico would not settle for less.
Lodi’s contract with the club runs until 2025, putting pressure on the interested party to cough up more money. Moreover, his release clause is set at a whopping €120 million.
As it stands, the Brazilian will continue at Wanda Metropolitano for the upcoming season. He will likely serve as a deputy to Reinildo Mandava at left-back but can also provide an interesting option in the wide midfield.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.