Atletico Madrid fearing £68m Man United bid for talented midfielder

La Liga title favourites Atletico Madrid are believed to be so concerned that Manchester United could be preparing a £68m bid for Marcos Llorente that they’ve fast-tracked contract talks. 

Llorente, 26, joined Atletico Madrid in 2019 after making a £27m switch from fierce rivals Real Madrid.

Since his arrival nearly three years ago, the Spanish midfielder has gone on to cement his place among Diego Simeone’s most trusted members of the squad.

Having featured in 34 La Liga matches, so far this season, Llorente’s impressive 22 direct goal contributions have helped see his side on the brink of claiming their 11th domestic title.

However, despite being one of the club’s most highly-rated players, it was reported by Marca earlier this year that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils were keen on making a summer approach.

Although there was talk back then that Simeone’s side would not entertain any offers below the midfielder’s whopping £85m minimum release clause, more recent reports suggest the Spanish side are becoming increasingly more concerned about an official approach.

According to a written report in Wednesday’s edition of AS (via Sports Witness), Atletico Madrid fears the Premier League giants could be preparing to make a £68m summer bid.

Despite his contract not expiring until the summer of 2024, AS claim that in an attempt to fend off any interest, Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil has chosen to ‘personally handle’ Llorente’s contract renewal and has already met with the player’s agent several times.

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  1. I would rather sign Saul Niguez. Would be perfect for United. Why does Tuanzebe, Bailly and Maguire all have this inherent desire to pass the ball towards their own goal rather than a forward pass? The coaching dept seem to be put of touch here and also with our inability to defend corners and free kicks. Maybe Solskjaer needs to being in a specialist defensive coach. Look at how high up Tuanzebe was last night for the first goal.

  2. Why are we signing Tom Heaton when we have Lee Grant, whose contract is not being renewed? As with everything at this whacky club, it doesn’t make sense.

  3. How will he ole know players to buy when he is busy chasing one player every season ,all you hear is Sancho Sancho forgetting other areas and they continue to look for average players for man utd leaving the likes haaland Dean grealish lazio midfield and the defender deciving us , Infact he is not the right coach for us

  4. Please oles priority should be rw, Cb, dm, bring back dalot and lingard

  5. @Kc… Ole’s not the right coach for the club? The club has qualified for the UCL in consecutive seasons for the first time since Sir Alex retired, the team is watchable, there’s hunger and unity in the squad and progress can clearly be seen, he’s signed all the right players(jury is still out on Harry, And James), and he’s got exciting talents coming through(step forward Mason). Fans like you absolutely want the club to wallow in mediocrity so you could keep complaining. Even if Ole were to win the Champions League next season, you would still complain. You want the club to pay exorbitant amount for players eh? Please, pray tell, who’s the right coach for the club??

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