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Atletico Madrid close in on Man City & Inter target Thiago Almada

Atletico Madrid are in hot pursuit of Velez Sarsfield wonderkid Thiago Almada despite the Coronavirus impacting their transfer plans.

Argentina U20 international Almada has been linked with Manchester City and Inter since the turn of the year.

According to Diario AS however, it is Atletico who are ‘getting closer and closer’ to the 19-year-old playmaker.

The obstacle for the Madrid club is the cost of the player. His release clause increases with time and has already risen from €19m to €22m.

If no club buys him in this summer’s market, Almada’s buy-out clause will rise further to €25m on August 31.

The message from Velez is that if any club wants to buy Almada, they must pay his clause.

The club is financially stable having collected €30m from the sales of Santiago Cáseres, Matías Vargas and Nicolás Domínguez.

Atletico have two ways to sign Almada. The first is to pay his €22m clause, which their financial position makes difficult and unlikely.

The second is to convince the player to put as much pressure as possible on Velez to reduce the price.

Diego Simeone’s side must be way of interest from Manchester City and Inter however, with both having the finances to seal a deal.

SourceDiario AS


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