Atletico Madrid target Rennes attacking midfielder Lovro Majer

Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Croatian playmaker Lovro Majer from Stade Rennais, according to L’Equipe.

The creative attacking midfielder is attracting interest from Diego Simeone. Talks are currently underway between the two clubs to find an agreement.

Majer is happy to stay at Rennes for another season. However, he is also open to a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs. He would like to play in the UEFA Champions League.

A deal for the 24-year-old midfielder will cost Atletico around €50m. He still has four years left on his current contract.

Majer signed for Rennes from Dinamo Zagreb for €12m in 2021, and after taking time to adapt he has become a crucial part of Bruno Genesio’s exciting squad.

He scored six goals and made eight assists in 29 Ligue 1 appearances for the Breton club last season. He also provided an assist in the UEFA Europa Conference League.

Majer has been named in the Ligue 1 team of the season by L’Equipe.

The left-handed playmaker draws comparisons to fellow Croatian Luka Modric for many reasons. They are both playmakers, prying and constantly opening up their teammates’ defenses.

Both men have the same initials (LM), graduated from the same academy (Dinamo Zagreb), and wear the number ten (10). Majer mentioned that he admires Modric.

It has been reported that Real Madrid are considering Majer as a future replacement for their fellow Ballon d’Or winner, who turns 37 next month. Paris Saint-Germain have also shown interest in Majer.

Atletico Madrid are looking for a playmaker with Rodrigo De Paul struggling in the Spanish capital after leaving Udinese. Thomas Lemar has also failed to live up to expectations since his arrival from AS Monaco.

Simeone is looking for someone to help unblock the defenses and turned to Majer.

With Liverpool interested in signing Marcos Llorente in the final days of the transfer window, Simeone is pushing for a striker with a different profile (Majer).

A deal may be hard to come by this late in the window, but it looks like Los Colchoneros will do anything to lure their man.

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