Kranevitter leading Atleti exodus

Matias Kranevitter is wanted by Galatasaray and could be one of many fringe players to leave Atletico Madrid this summer.

AS reports the Argentine has become Gala’s object of interest after the Turkish club decided Barcelona wanted too much money for Alex Song, and they and Atletico have a good relationship, with a friendly in Istanbul having been arranged for August.

Gala want a midfielder to replace Felipe Melo, who has returned to Inter, and Atletico are willing to loan Kranevitter for a year but don’t want to sell permanently.

AS explains Atletico’s strategy with their squad players – sell the ones who don’t have a future at Vicente Calderon to bolster the club’s finances, and loan out the ones who do to give them playing time and help them improve.

It is Diego Simeone who holds the decisive opinion on who goes where and on what basis and Thomas Partey is another player potentially on the move, with Premier League Southampton on his tail.

Borja Baston’s performances for Eibar last season have alerted suitors in Germany and England, Marseille want Javi Manquillo to remain on their books and Lucas Hernandez first attracted attention in January and is still in demand.

Oliver Torres could still be allowed to leave permanently but would cost €30m, Roma and Porto the two interested parties, while Luciano Vietto is said by his agent to have ’15 offers’ and Atletico will let him go if they get back the money they paid Villarreal last summer – €20m.

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