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Valencia to choose between two Atletico Madrid wingers for loan stint

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The need of the hour at Wanda Metropolitano is to clear the wage bill and push for departures. Owing to Financial Fairplay reasons, Atletico Madrid will only be able to sign players if they can clear the deadwood.

Yesterday, it was revealed that Los Rojiblancos had placed Antoine Griezmann on the departure list to make Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing possible. However, that did not go down well with fans.

According to reports relayed by Atleti Universe, Valencia are interested in reinforcing its left-wing position and are looking at options from Simeone’s side.

Los Che are scouting Samuel Lino and Rodrigo Riquelme but will only sign one of the two players. At the moment, talks with the former’s representatives are advanced and Lino now leads the race to join Valencia.

The Brazilian signed for Diego Simeone’s side on 1st July 2022 and is yet to make his debut for the club. However, the manager is not convinced by the player and is willing to sell him even before the commencement of the season.

In 34 Liga Portugal appearances in 2021-22, the 22-year-old scored a whopping 12 goals and provided five assists. Moreover, he averaged over ten defensive actions per game.

Meanwhile, Riquelme returned from his loan spell at Mirandes last month and is currently registered with Atletico Madrid B. In 16 league appearances last season, he scored one goal and failed to record any assists.

It is not surprising that Lino appears as the more appealing option to Valencia. However, Los Rojiblancos‘ decision to sell the player without giving him a chance seems delusional.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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