The story of Joao Felix’s renewal and subsequent move to Chelsea has taken up the headline spaces across Madrid. Needless to say, the news has overshadowed the efforts of Atletico Madrid’s board on other fronts.
The centre-back position is one that the club see to be in need of urgent reinforcement, especially given the team’s underwhelming defensive numbers so far. Caglar Soyuncu has emerged as the primary target for Atletico Madrid, but he was not the only name on their list.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Los Rojiblancos also asked for Victor Lindelof’s services in recent weeks and saw the Manchester United star as a possible signing. However, Erik ten Hag’s side refused to sanction his departure, thus breaking the talks down.
The Swedish international faces stiff competition at Old Trafford with Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, and Harry Maguire all competing for two spots. Of the club’s five games since the restart of club football, Lindelof has played part in just two.
In his six Premier League appearances so far, he averages close to eight defensive actions per game but is yet to oversee a clean sheet.
Given his predicament at Old Trafford, Atletico Madrid approached Manchester United to ask about the possibility of a move in January. However, their enquiries were quickly dismissed by the Premier League giants.
With the 28-year-old’s name quickly taken off the table, Atletico Madrid took their search to Leicester with Soyuncu being identified as a key target.
The Turkish International will, in all likelihood, be a Rojiblanco next summer when his contract with the Foxes expires, but talks are on to discuss a possible move in January itself.
With one centre-back arriving at Civitas Metropolitano, Diego Simeone is prepared to let go of a defender to balance the books. Thus, Felipe is best placed to depart the club with Wolverhampton Wanderers in discussions over the Brazilian’s transfer.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
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.