Atletico Madrid’s defence has been a constant talking point throughout the season, as always. Not for the right reasons this time around, though. Los Rojiblancos have always been known for their tight back-line, but that has not been the case this time around.
Heading into the summer transfer window, the club are looking to beef up their resources by signing a couple of centre-backs. However, renewing the existing players is equally as important.
Felipe has been one of the mainstays in Atletico’s defence this season, making 22 appearances in La Liga alone. While he has not had a particularly memorable season, his experience is invaluable to the team, especially if they are unable to sign players in the summer.
According to reports from Bruno Andrade, the Brazilian will remain at Atletico for atleast one more season. Contract discussions between the two parties have caught pace in recent weeks, and the new deal will see him at Wanda Metropolitano until June 2023.
Multiple clubs from Brazil have made contact with the centre back over a possible move. Amongst them are Flamengo, Botafogo and Corinthians. However, the player has pushed away those offers for a renewal.
Felipe averages an interception, a tackle, three clearances and three ball recoveries in every game. Moreover, he has scored two goals and provided one assist in the league alone.
The one criticism of the Brazilian at Atletico Madrid has been his regular suspensions. Felipe saw his third red card of the season against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Nevertheless, Simeone has continued to place his faith in the veteran and will continue to do so for next season.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.