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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Barcelona



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As Atletico Madrid look to extend their unbeaten run in La Liga, they face league leaders Barcelona as their next hurdle.

Diego Simeone’s side will be travelling to Spotify Camp Nou to face Xavi’s Barcelona on Sunday and ahead of the match, the Rojiblancos boss has announced the squad list that will make the trip to Catalonia.

Unsurprisingly, former Barça forward Memphis Depay misses out as he is still not fully recovered from the injury he sustained during the international break.

The Dutchman left the Blaugrana for the Colchoneros in the January window and would have been hoping to prove a point against his former club. But he will not have the chance to do so this weekend.

Other than that, Reinildo Mandava is also not part of the squad as he is out for the season. Marcos Llorente misses out due to suspension while Geoffrey Kondogbia is also not part of the squad.

Angel Correa, who missed a day of training earlier this week due to illness, is fit and in contention to start against the leaders tomorrow at Camp Nou, partnering up with another ex-Barcelona forward in Antoine Griezmann.

Former Tottenham duo Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon, who have hardly played this season for Atletico Madrid, are also part of the roster that will take on Barcelona.

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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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