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Uruguayan defender to undergo medical at Atletico Madrid next week – report



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With a host of their young talents jumping ship to Real Madrid academy lately, it appears Atletico Madrid have stepped up their youth recruitment process.

According to Martin Charquero, the Spanish giants could be on the verge of securing the services of Santiago Mourino. The Racing youth prodigy is expected to travel to Madrid this week to complete his medical at the Atleti facilities in the Spanish capital.

A centre-back by trade, Mourino has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence since joining Racing last year. During his one-year stint with the club, the player has featured in 31 competitive appearances for the Uruguayan outfit.

Standing at 1.86m, Mourino is known for his defensive solidity and organisation at the back. He is also quite athletic, which goes hand in hand with Atletico Madrid’s style of play under Diego Simeone.

The 21-year-old, therefore, has every chance to succeed at Atletico Madrid. The Spanish giants are actively looking for defensive reinforcements this summer, as part of their plans to double down on their defensive solidity and to replace some of the departing stars.

That means Mourino could instantly become a part of the senior side, thereby giving him a platform to showcase his talents at the highest level of football.

A host of young defensive talents have made their breakthroughs at Atletico Madrid in the past and there’s little reason why Mourino cannot follow suit.

Mourino will not the last bet for Atletico Madrid either, as we brace ourselves for the upcoming summer transfer window. The club are expected to invest in a few more defenders, especially in the fullback area, with Deiver Machado one of the options.

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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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