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Report: Atletico Madrid have identified two summer transfer targets



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In the ever-inflating market, Atletico Madrid have struggled to make effective signings in recent years. While the impact was initially inconspicuous, the gap between the Rojiblancos and clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid is now sizeable.

There is an urgent need for change at the Civitas Metropolitano, in some departments more than others. The manager has sufficient resources in departments like the wing-back position, but the midfield and central attack remain understaffed.

According to reports from the Relevo, Diego Simeone’s men have identified two primary transfer targets for the summer. The first on the list is World Cup breakout star Sofyan Amrabat and the second is French striker Marcus Thuram.

The Moroccan midfielder rose to prominence in Qatar during the World Cup when he guided his national team into the semifinals and broke record after record in the process. 

His exploits earned him interest from across the globe, and Amrabat was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in January. However, the deal collapsed quickly as Fiorentina refused to sell him in the winter.

Amrabat’s contract with the Italian side lasts until the summer of 2024, meaning that he will be available on the market for a reasonable price come June.

Thuram, meanwhile, plays as a centre-forward for Borussia Monchengladbach and will be available for free in the summer, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old is not one’s traditional striker, for he brings with him a unique skillset including a world of versatility.

In 18 league games for the German side, Thuram has scored ten goals and provided three assists. He averages three shots per game and provides close to one key pass every ninety minutes.

The French international was on Atletico’s agenda for January, but a move did not materialise. However, they remain intent on his signing but will face competition from top clubs across Europe.

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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano



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According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs monitoring the progress of UD Almeria striker Marciano Sanca.

The 19-year-old Guinea-Bissau forward joined Almeria from Portuguese outfit Leixoes in January last year, linking up with the club’s B team.

Marciano has made three league appearances Almeria’s reserve team and has not scored a goal yet. The teenager has been training with the first-team setup regularly and Romano claims that he is close to making his debut in La Liga.

While he might not have made a splash at the senior level yet, Marciano seems to be already gathering admirers with Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Brighton & Hove Albion said to be tracking the youngster.

Los Rojiblancos are set to enter the market for a new centre-forward as Joao Felix is expected to be sold permanently while Alvaro Morata’s future is also not entirely certain.

So even though Diego Simeone has Memphis Depay, Angel Correa, and Morata at his disposal, Atletico Madrid will dive into the market for a new striker with there being links to Mateo Retegui of Boca Juniors, currently on loan at Tigre.

Now, Marciano has also emerged as a potential target or Atletico Madrid, although signing him will not be easy in the summer.

Even though the 19-year-old’s contract expires in 2024, he is bound by a release clause worth €40 million and Almeria intend to keep him at the club beyond this season.

So, the La Liga club might hold out for the entire release clause amount in order to stave off potential suitors like Atletico Madrid, who are not in a position to make such an investment on an unproven youngster.

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