A recent report from Foot Mercato has offered an interesting update on the future of Lovro Majer.
The Stade Rennais midfielder was one of the most sought-after midfielders in Ligue 1 earlier this summer, thanks to his brilliant 2021/22 campaign. Atletico Madrid were among the clubs interested in his services, but the move did not materialise due to financial constraints.
However, even after a month into the new season, Atleti are not ready to give up on their hopes of Majer. As per the report, Los Colchoneros are preparing a swoop for Majer ahead of the January transfer window, with Diego Simeone particularly keen on his services.
The Atletico coach is well aware of Majer’s abilities in the middle of the park and wants to secure his services after the turn of the year.
Formerly of Dinamo Zagreb, Majer has indeed been one of the top performers for Rennes since his move in 2021. He was notably involved in 14 league goals last season, emerging as a creator-in-chief for the French giants.
His performances have not gone unnoticed, with Atletico Madrid prepared to secure the services of the Croatian international, who could prove to be an excellent alternative to the likes of Rodrigo de Paul and Koke.
However, in light of Majer’s tremendous performances in Ligue 1, Rennes are not prepared to offload their Croatian superstar just yet. They are, in fact, holding out for a staggering price tag of €60 million.
It could serve as a massive blow for Atletico Madrid, who were already priced out of a move for the playmaker earlier in the summer. This time though, the club from the capital could consider offloading a few of their star players in order to fund a move for Majer.
But that would depend heavily on how they manage to offload their fringe players. Given that a host of their stars have not performed up to expectations, cashing in on them for the desired fee could prove to be a tricky task for Los Colchoneros in the upcoming January transfer window.
Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano
Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.
Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.
However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.
As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.
There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.
And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.
But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.
Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.
With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.
Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.
From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.
After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023