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Why Atletico Madrid closing in on Llorente should see them cool Xhaka interest

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Why Atletico Madrid closing in on Llorente should see them cool Xhaka interest

Atletico Madrid likely only need one replacement for Rodri.

Atletico Madrid are closing in on the signing of 24-year-old midfielder Marcos Llorente from local rivals Real Madrid, according to Sky Sports.

They report that the Spaniard will sign a five-year deal following a £35 million move which will go through subject to a medical.

The report says that the move should open the door for fellow midfielder Rodri to leave Atletico to join Manchester City, with Llorente seen as a direct replacement.

And earlier this week, Spanish outlet AS reported that Llorente, as well as Arsenal enforcer Granit Xhaka, were in the frame to replace the Manchester-bound midfielder.

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But given that it appears to be Llorente making the move to Diego Simeone’s men, perhaps the £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) Gunners man will be more likely to stay put.

 

That looks likely to be the case, seeing as Atletico likely only need one replacement for Rodri, and Xhaka’s form at Arsenal has not been so outstanding that the Spanish side would be falling over themselves to get him.

In a summer when Unai Emery is looking to put together a squad capable of getting back into the top four, he will likely be keen to keep his top talent around the club.

Given the amount of games Xhaka got last season, it can be inferred that he forms part of Emery’s favourite personnel, but the Swiss midfielder has generally been far from that popular with the supporters.

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