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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list for the derby against Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid have released their squad list for the much-awaited derby against Real Madrid later tonight at the Civitas Metropolitano.

The big news for Los Rojiblancos ahead of the clash is that first-choice goalkeeper Jan Oblak has been named in the squad after he missed the last two matches in all competitions due to injuries.

Manager Diego Simeone had claimed that the Slovenian could be available for the game during his presser on Saturday and has included him on the roster for the derby against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

However, as expected, the trio of Jose Maria Gimenez, Thomas Lemar and Stefan Savic are unavailable as they continue their recovery from injuries.

New signings Nahuel Molina and Axel Witsel will be involved in their first-ever Madrid derby. Simeone will have his full complement of attackers in Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa, Matheus Cunha and Joao Felix at his disposal.

Club captain Koke also features on the list and could make history as he stands to become the player with the joint-highest number of appearances for Atletico Madrid if he features against Real Madrid.

Koke is joined by former Real Madrid star Marcos Llorente in midfield along with the likes of Rodrigo De Paul, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Saul Niguez.

Former Real Madrid defender Sergio Reguilon is also absent from the list as he is still recuperating from a groin surgery.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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