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Atletico Madrid sign Barcelona and Real Madrid target in an 11th hour deal

Thomas Lemar was linked to a roast of Premier League clubs last summer but Atletico Madrid has snapped up the Monaco attacker.

Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco have announced that they have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of the French winger Thomas Lemar. The clubs have also clarified that they would be working together to reach a definitive agreement in the coming days, with the La Liga side looking to make a serious impact on the Spanish league next season.

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This news broke out after Antoine Griezmann made it clear that he had made a decision on his future but held it back stating “It’s not the time or the place” for the big reveal. Lemar’s deal would be an important step in Rojiblancos keeping the talismanic no.7 as earlier reports seem to suggest that signing top talent was a part of the process in convincing Griezmann to stay.

Thomas Lemar would be a great fit for Diego Simeone’s Atleti. The forward, despite having a quiet season, has put up some good numbers while being exceptional the previous season at the Principality. The Frenchman played on the wings in a 4-4-2, which is also one of Simeone’s preferred systems, and was involved in 31 goals as the side led by Leonardo Jardim reached the Champions League semifinals and lifted the PSG’s dominance in the league.

Simeone would be pleased with the deal as the player would be a great replacement for Yannick Carrasco and Gaitan who now ply their trade in the cash-rich Chinese league.  The Wanda Metropolitano would see the club hold on to its stars besides making impressive additions for the first time in a long time if Griezmann decides to extend his association.

Author’s take-

Thomas Lemar would be a quality addition to the side as they look to end the Real Madrid and Barcelona duopoly once again. Simeone would be able to show his capabilities to the fullest when he can afford to improve his squad while keeping hold of his assets. Who knows, the El Pupas could break the curse and the Champions League trophy might sport the red and white ribbons at their own backyard come May’19.

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