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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list vs Villarreal announced

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After starting their season emphatically, with a 3-0 victory over Getafe, Atletico Madrid will brace themselves for a far bigger challenge as they take on Villarreal on Saturday.

The 2021 La Liga champions are aiming to maintain their winning form they acquired during the pre-season, which had included a 4-0 victory over Manchester United.

Ahead of the Villarreal match-up, Atletico Madrid have announced their squad, featuring some of the players who had missed out on the opening matchday, including Felipe.

The Brazilian was unable against Getafe, but he has returned in contention against Villarreal. He could be a serious option for Diego Simeone at centre-back, even though Axel Witsel performed brilliantly in his place.

Other defenders in the squad include Reinildo Mandava, Stefan Savic, Nahuel Molina, Jose Maria Gimenez and Mario Hermoso, among many others. All of these were included in the squad that faced Getafe.

Moving into midfield, Saul Niguez may continue in the left wing-back role, although Yannick Carrasco is making a strong case for the starting eleven.

Rodrigo de Paul, Thomas Lemar and Marcos Llorente are the other creative midfielders available in the squad, whereas Koke and Geoffrey Kondogbia are options to operate in a slightly withdrawn position.

As for the attack, Antoine Griezmann has been included in the side and there are many expectations that he may even start a goal following a promising game against Getafe earlier this month.

However, it will be tricky for the Frenchman to displace Alvaro Morata in the side, with Joao Felix likely to accompany him in the attacking unit. It should ultimately have an adverse effect on Griezmann’s overall game-time.

Angel Correa and Matheus Cunha are the other options in the attacking unit.

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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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