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Manchester United in direct talks with Atletico Madrid striker over summer move



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Atletico Madrid had a smooth start to their La Liga campaign on Monday night with a dominant 3-0 win over Getafe. The hero of the night was Alvaro Morata who scored twice after starting as the striker.

The Spaniard is probably Simeone’s first-choice striker for the upcoming season, especially after he delivered in his very first game back. Needless to say, this comes as bad news for Matheus Cunha.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United have held direct talks with the Brazilian’s agent in the last few days. No agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid, but it is said that Los Rojiblancos are demanding €50 million for his signing.

Given the dire situation the Red Devils are in, it would not be surprising if they agree to pay the inflated asking price too. United have lost both their opening Premier League games this season, including a 4-0 hammering to Brentford.

It remains to be seen if Cunha is open to a move to Ten Hag’s side or prefers to stay and fight for a spot under Diego Simeone. However, it would appear that the latter is a better option.

Last season, the 23-year-old made 29 league appearances for Atletico Madrid, scoring six goals and providing four assists in that duration. He was expected to be the starting number nine this season until Morata’s continuity at the club was all but official.

The Brazilian has a contract in Spain until 2026 and is under no pressure to find a new club. Moreover, there uses little doubt that Simeone trusts him and that he will see many minutes this season.

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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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