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Real Madrid have signed five youth prospects from Atletico, four more from Valencia



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Fondly and rightly called the ‘Galacticos‘, Real Madrid have seldom hesitated to splash the cash when needed in their long and illustrious history. The Spanish giants have carved a reputation as the ones to lure away the best in the business to their frontier over the years, thus holding onto the tag it brought with it.

However, there has been a drastic turnaround in Los Blancos‘ approach in recent years. A combination of the inflated market and the dearth of quality players has pushed the club to a polar opposite ideology.

Real Madrid, in recent years, have been all over young talents. Juni Calafat and his scouting team have aimed to spot the proteges young and the project has brought favourable results.

Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, Eduardo Camavinga, and Aurelien Tchouameni are all players the Merengues brought in at a young age. Moreover, the signing of Endrick shows that the club are ready to take the bet even on early teenagers.

According to reports from Carrusel Deportivo, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has already overseen the signing of five players from Atletico Madrid’s academy and four more from Valencia’s academy in recent weeks.

After breaking the pact of non-aggression, Real Madrid have not held back in filtering Atletico’s La Academia for fine prospects. They signed Jesus Fortea from the Rojiblancos last summer and even made the swoop for Ariel Nkoghe as reported earlier today.

In a leak last week, it also came to light that two of Real Madrid’s targets at Atleti played in the Cadet A and Alevin A divisions respectively. However, nothing more about the subject has come to light.

Apart from raiding their local rivals, Real Madrid have also swooped in and reportedly secured the signing of four young prospects from Valencia as well.

By targeting players under the age of 16, the Merengues stand to gain immensely from a financial standpoint. After all, they are not forced to pay any economic compensation when signing a talent under the age of 16.

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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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