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Stade Rennais set €60 million price tag on Atletico Madrid target – report



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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.

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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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