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Official: Atletico Madrid announce the signing of 22-year-old Brazilian winger



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Atletico Madrid have officially announced the signing of Samuel Lino from Gil Vicente on a contract that will run for five years. The 22-year-old played as a winger for the Portuguese side, scoring 26 goals in 99 games.

Lino was nominated for the Best Player in Liga NOS and also the Best Young Player in Liga NOS awards last season. He helped Vicente finish fifth in the league, putting them within a shot to qualify for the UEFA Conference League.

He had scored 12 goals during the campaign in 24 games, while also registering five assists. While primarily a right-footed left-winger, Lino can also play on the right courtesy of his exceptional technical capabilities.

He was originally signed in January, but the transfer will officially go through this summer. The transfer fee is expected to be in the region of €6.5 million, which his a huge boost for a club for the size of Vicente.

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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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