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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Levante
While Barcelona have one eye on the Europa League, Atletico Madrid will use that opportunity to put pressure on the Blaugranas with a win over Levante tomorrow night. The Valencia outfit will travel to the Spanish capital to contest in the delayed fixture that was postponed from gameweek 21.
Ahead of the game, Diego Simeone has selected 17 players that will form the starting lineup and bench. Antoine Griezmann is still injured and does not make the cut for this game. He is expected to return vs Osasuna.
Felipe picked up a red card against Getafe on the weekend, and therefore, is not included in the team. He is replaced by Manuel Lama Maroto of the youth team. The Spaniard will don the #42 jersey for the clash.
Lama and Stefan Savic are the only central defenders in the list, with Jose Gimenez still injured.
Guiliano Simeone, son of Diego Simeone, was on the bench vs Getafe but has been dropped for the midweek match.
📋 ¡Estos son los futbolistas citados para el duelo contra el Levante! pic.twitter.com/eJDV9e0yXA— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 15, 2022
Goalkeepers: Lecomte, Oblak
Defenders: Lodi, Savic, Reinildo, Vrsaljko, Lama
Midfielders: Kondogbia, de Paul, Koke, Llorente, Lemar, Herrera
Forwards: Felix, Suarez, Correa, Cunha
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
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.