Atletico Madrid set to sign Leicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu

It is pretty evident that Atletico is set to strengthen the defense in the winter transfer window. As per Spanish media, Atletico Madrid are set to sign Leicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu. The 26-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.

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Soyuncu has been at Leicester since 2018 when he joined from SC Freiburg. His contract is set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

The centre-back has played 125 times for Leicester over the course of his career, scoring 3 goals and providing 2 assists.

The 26-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Turkey. His record for Turkey is impressive. Soyuncu has scored two goals in 51 matches for Turkey at senior level.

Given that his contract is expiring soon and he has not yet signed an extension, the rumors have only heated up in recent weeks.

The Red and Whites are delving into the transfer market for an experienced centre-back and have done well to identify the 26-year-old as a potential target. Diego Simeone is a long term admirer of Soyuncu and believes he can get the most out of the Turkey international.

Atletico Madrid are desperate to make an impact in the winter transfer window.

The former SC Freiburg man heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.

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According to the report, “Atletico Madrid are confident of sealing a move to sign Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu. Diego Simeone is focused on securing defensive reinforcements in the January transfer window as part of a squad rebuild in the Spanish capital. Los Rojiblancos’ reputation as defensive enforcers has slipped in the last 12 months with Simeone keen to bring in an experienced centre back in the coming months. Simeone will only have a limited transfer budget to work with in the coming weeks, following Atletico’s Champions League group stage exit last month, and Soyuncu is an interesting option. After making just one top-flight start so far in 2022/23, Soyuncu is looking to move on in January, with Leicester ready to lower their £22m asking price. As per reports from Mundo Deportivo, Atletico are increasingly confident of securing an agreement with the Premier League side, after he rejected a move to Italy, as talks continue in Madrid.”

Considering they don’t have a big budget, Atletico will have to be smart with the signings in the transfer window.

If the Atletico Madrid can tie up a cheap deal for the player, it may not be a bad signing by any means.

Good signing for Atletico Madrid?

The Red and Whites must improve their defensive options and the signing of Soyuncu would be a step in the right direction. He has all the skillset required to be a success story at Metropolitano Stadium. Therefore, it makes sense for Diego Simeone to step up his attempts to bring the Turkish centre-back to La Liga side.

Atletico fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.

It will be interesting to see if Atletico Madrid make their move for the 26-year-old in the coming weeks.

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Should Atletico Madrid make a move for Caglar Soyuncu this winter?

Enzo Cattaneo

Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.

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