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Atlético Madrid rumor mill: Paulinho on a free, Bellerín linked

The rojiblancos are on the lookout for quality depth and a new forward, too.

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Atlético Madrid’s directors are busy building the squad for the coming season. ‘Tis the season of rumours, with players being offered to clubs, clubs being used for better deals, and speculation rife for excited fans. As supporters of the reigning Spanish champions, Atlético’s fans can be a bit more excited than most.

Lorenzo Insigne is the latest name mentioned as a forward option for Cholo Simeone’s side, according to Mundo Deportivo. With Vitolo insisting recently that he wants to be “happy playing football,” it seems as though his future is not at the Wanda Metropolitano. Insigne is mentioned as a potential replacement but Barcelona have also been mentioned. The 30-year-old Italy star has spent his entire career at Napoli.

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Meanwhile, Toni Moya, Atlético B’s 23-year-old midfielder and captain, will move to Alavés on July 1 after he signed a two-year deal.

Atlético are also reportedly interested in Paulinho, who recently ended his contract with Guangzhou in China. Héctor Herrera could be on his way out of Madrid, with interest from Mexico and various European clubs. Rodrigo de Paul’s arrival is imminent, but ex-Barcelona pivot Paulinho on a free transfer might prove tempting for Atlético — who also stand to lose Lucas Torreira this summer.

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Marca report that Héctor Bellerín is on Atlético’s agenda as they try to finally figure out their right-back situation. Kieran Trippier is the starter but he has had no competition for his place — and with Manchester United interested, Atlético might need to act quick in the market in the event they lose the English defender.

Sporting director Andrea Berta is reportedly a big Bellerín fan and has been following his career and situation at Arsenal very closely. Marca say he would love to do a deal with the Gunners for the right-back.