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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup against Cadiz

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Diego Simeone has made five changes to the team that won 1-3 away from home last weekend. The goal is to get all three points and leapfrog (even if it is temporarily) Barcelona into third place, while maintaining the pressure on Real Betis.

Angel Correa picked up a knock vs Betis and had to be substituted. While he is fit enough to start on the bench, the Argentine has been replaced by Antoine Griezmann in the starting XI. Joao Felix maintains his spot in the 3-5-2.

The wide midfield features Yannick Carrasco and Marcos Llorente as the wing-backs, flanking the trio of Rodrigo de Paul, Hector Herrera, and the freshly returned Koke.

The final change is in the back-three, where Felipe has benched for Stefan Savic. Jose Gimenez and Reinildo retain their starting roles in the centre and left respectively. Jan Oblak starts with the gloves on his hands.

Confirmed Atletico XI: Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo; Llorente, Koke, Herrera, de Paul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Felix

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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer

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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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