Atletico Madrid plan a massive revamp in the coming summer, with several signings in key positions expected to be made. However, there will be an equal number of departures from the club including some of the star players.
Hector Herrera is one player whose departure from Madrid has been confirmed. However, Luis Suarez, Thomas Lemar, and Sime Vrsaljko are a few of the names that the management could look to cash in on in June.
One key player in Diego Simeone’s setup whose departure seems to be a possibility is Renan Lodi.
According to reports from Andre Hernan (h/t Atletico Universe), the Brazilian international could leave Los Rojiblancos in the upcoming summer transfer window. The club best placed to secure his signing at the moment are Newcastle United.
Talks are already said to have begun between the two parties. However, it remains to be seen if an agreement can be reached on the sporting, financial, and personal fronts.
Lodi’s contract in Madrid has a release clause set at €60 million, a fee considered high for the player. Given that the club require departures to pull off the signings they require, one would expect a lower price tag to be attached to the full-back.
The 24-year-old has only started 13 league games for Atletico Madrid and has come off the bench 16 times. In La Liga, he has scored two goals and provided two assists this season. Further, the Brazilian averages 0.5 key passes per game and has created three big chances.
It remains to be seen if the player prefers Champions League action or a lucrative contract in England.
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.