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Report: Five players on Atletico Madrid’s radar for next season

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Atletico Madrid have had a mixed season so far, but have undoubtedly been far from their best. Despite making it to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, the defending champions have dropped to fourth place on the league standings.

Looking ahead to next season, Diego Simeone’s side hope for a renovation of their squad. With many players on the wrong side of 30, it is the optimal time to bring in young blood. Fichajes reveal five players who are on Los Rojiblancos’ radar for next season.

The first player on Simeone’s wishlist is Paulo Dybala. The Argentine is on the final year of his contract and does not intend to renew with Juventus. He will be a free agent come June, and the idea of snapping up a player of such high quality without a transfer fee appeals to the Atletico Madrid offices.

In 19 league starts this season, Dybala has scored eight goals and provided five assists for the Bianconeri. He averages 1.5 key passes per game and has created ten big chances.

The other forward Los Rojiblancos are targetting is Darwin Nunez. In just 19 league starts, the Benfica star has 20 goals and two asissts in 2021-22.

The Portuguese side ask €50 million for his signing, which is the only significant hurdle in Simeone’s way. However, Nunez is a player who could replace Luis Suarez and be the team’s next killer striker.

Matty Cash is the third player on the wishlist. The departure of Kieran Tripper has left the team short-staffed at right-back, a void which the Aston Villa player can fill. The Spanish side are prepared to offer up to €40 million to bring in the full-back.

The next reinforcement eyed by the Madrid-based side is in midfield. Santiago Comesaña has been one of Iraola’s fundamental pillars at Rayo Vallecano this season.

The Spaniard’s consistent performances in the middle of the park have not gone unnoticed, and Atletico Madrid are just one of the several teams eyeing his signature. He could be valuable as a replacement for Koke who is now 30 years of age.

The final name on the list is José Campaña. The midfielder has been one of Levante’s better players in a disastrous season had has proven to be reliable defensively too. If the Valencia-based side suffer relegation, Diego Simeone could get his target for a bargain.

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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer

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Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.

The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.

This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.

This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.

That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.

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