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Real Madrid have already signed Atletico Madrid youth team gem – report
Just hours after reports revealing Real Madrid’s pursuit of Ariel Nkhoge, it appears the Spanish giants have completed the signing of the Atletico Madrid youngster.
This has been reported by Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA, who suggests the young center-back will soon join the Real Madrid academy.
Earlier this month, Mario Cortegana had claimed that the Merengues had already signed two prospects from their cross-town rivals. And Nkhoge could become the third Atletico Madrid youngster to join Real Madrid, in what could be the latest violation of the non-aggression pact between the two clubs.
The traditional rivals had set particular boundaries in order to regulate transfers and secure their academies. But they broke their non-aggression pact when Real Madrid decided to sign Jesus Fortea last summer.
A centre-back by trade, Nkhoge is regarded as one of the best talents in the Atleti youth academy. He is capable of operating both as centre-back and a left-back – making him an appealing target for any coach.
Having turned 16 years old in March, the young defender has decided to sign his first professional contract with Real Madrid, the report states.
Nkhoge should help Real Madrid increase their ranks in the youth department, which has already generated a series of top-quality individuals in recent years.
The report goes on to suggest that Real Madrid may target more Atletico Madrid academy players in the coming months. The signing of another youngster is already under the pipeline, as part of the club’s plans to reinforce the youth department.
Overall, Los Blancos may end up signing a total of five or six Atletico Madrid youngsters, which could drastically increase tensions between the two clubs.
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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.