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Nottingham Forest interested in making Atletico Madrid defender’s loan move permanent



Atletico Madrid star Renan Lodi made a summer move to Nottingham Forest in August 2022 on loan. As the end of his one-year spell away from Civitas Metropolitano nears, however, the club are inclined to decide his future at the earliest.

As it stands, the defender appears closer to leaving than staying at the club. According to reports from Jacque Talbot, he could well continue at the same English side come next June.

Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested in signing Lodi on a permanent transfer. However, they are unwilling to cough up the €30 million purchase clause that was included in the loan transaction and wish to negotiate a lower price.

Los Rojiblancos are said to be open to discussing a fee with the English team and negotiations are expected to roll on in the coming weeks.

Lodi is open to staying in the Premier League under Steve Cooper but has ambitions to play in the UEFA Champions League. While he will not be able to participate in the premier competition with Nottingham next season, he would have that chance if he were to return to Spain.

Lodi has been a regular starter for the Reds, featuring in 27 of their 37 Premier League games this campaign. Most of his appearances have come as a starter and he averages over 80 minutes per game.

His output in terms of direct goal contributions has been poor. 27 games into the season, he has only one assist to show and has created just one big chance. Yet, his defensive work rate has been phenomenal at close to ten defensive actions per game.

Diego Simeone has largely depended on Reinildo at left-back this season, and the 29-year-old has superior numbers to show in defence. Needless to say, Lodi would be a surplus if he were to return and an exit thus seems the best way forward.

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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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