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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup against Sevilla



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The big headliner in La Liga tonight is Atletico Madrid’s encounter against Sevilla as the two teams fight it out for the third podium spot in the league. There is €7 million at stake in this game, and Diego Simeone has selected their best lineup accordingly.

Mario Jimenez starts in the centre of the back-three, with Stefan Savic and Reinildo stationed on the right and left of the Uruguayan. This trident will guard Jan Oblak in goal, who has had a topsy-turvy campaign.

Atletico have released the XI as a 4-4-2 on paper, but is likely to look like a 3-5-2. Yannick Carrasco will start on the left side of the midfield, while Marcos Llorente assumes similar responsibility on the right.

The midfield features three central midfielders, with Geoffrey Kondogbia deployed as the anchor. Koke and Rodrigo de Paul will round off the centre of the park.

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez starts his last game at the Wanda Metropolitano, leaving the club as a legend. He is joined by none other than Antoine Griezmann, who got his third assist of the season against Elche last week.

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

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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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