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Super-agent Jorge Mendes convinced that Cristiano Ronaldo will join Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid’s links with Cristiano Ronaldo are baffling for not only sporting reasons but also on the economic front. Further, it is difficult to fathom how a player who defined an era for Real Madrid could comprehend a move to their direct rivals.

There is pessimism around the Portuguese international’s signing in the Atletico offices. However, according to reports from Anton Meana via El Larguero, Jorge Mendes remains optimistic about the speculated transfer.

The super-agent insists that if the problem is economical, it can be tackled by facilitating the departure of some high earners. The names of Antoine Griezmann and Saul have been suggested.

The sales of high-earners would clear up space on the wage bill and enable the club to accommodate Ronaldo’s enormous wages.

The Portuguese international wishes to leave Old Trafford after the club failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. He does not want to miss out on the prestigious event in what could be one of his last seasons at the top level and has approached several clubs to sign him.

PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are just few of the many parties to have rejected the strikers services this window. Further, reports from Guardian have claimed that Erik ten Hag will stick with Anthony Martial as his no. 9 even if Ronaldo returns

Simeone’s side remain one of his final hopes. That too only because of their lack of goal-scoring exploits last season.

Yet, it is diffuse to imagine Los Rojiblancos letting go of a younger star to accommodate the 37 year old. Simeone already has Matheus Cunha as his number 9 and seems to trust the striker for the upcoming season.

Last season, Ronaldo scored 18 goals and provided three assists in 30 league games for Manchester United. While he would be a fantastic signing for Atletico, his age is a limiting factor that cannot be ignored.

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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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