Atletico Madrid are looking to add more numbers to their midfield as they shortlist an English midfielder from Tottenham Hotspur.
Atletico Madrid have plenty of options in their midfield, with the likes of Koke, Saul, Lucas Torreira and Geoffrey Kondogbia all fighting for a place in the starting lineup. However, with doubts being cast over Saul’s future at the club, the current La Liga leaders are considering a move for Tottenham Hotspur outcast, Harry Winks, as reported by Sky Sports.
The 25-year old midfielder, who was an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s side last season and was even named captain on a few occasions when Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris were out injured. However, with the arrival of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton last summer, Winks has lost his place out in the starting eleven to the Danish midfielder who has been one of the most consistent performers for Spurs.
To make matters worse, Mourinho has preferred even using Tanguy Ndombele as a holding midfielder on a few occasions with Hojbjerg which has further reduced the 25-year-old’s chances of breaking into the starting eleven. However, the English midfielder has had his chances in the UEFA Europa League this season but has performed rather abysmally when given a chance in the starting eleven. As a result, Winks has started in just about a quarter of games for the Lilywhites this season.
The lack of playing time under Mourinho has seen him out of contention for a place in the England national squad for the upcoming Euros. Another Spanish club, Valencia were interested in signing the English midfielder in January for a short-term loan deal, however, the Spurs boss stated that he would not allow his player to leave the club.
Tottenham Hotspurs’ chairman, Daniel Levy considers Harry Winks as a valuable player, given that he has earned himself a homegrown status. The Englishman has a contract at the club, that expires in the summer of 2024, and as a result, Spurs will have to carefully consider the situation carefully.
Last year, it was reported that Manchester City made a bid of 40 million pounds for Harry Winks, which never went through. Due to his lack of playing time this season, his transfer value has certainly taken a massive fall. As things stand, the possibility of the midfielder leaving his boyhood club in the summer looks highly likely, if Jose Mourinho sticks around as the manager of the club. Moreover, Atletico Madrid had also signed Kieran Trippier from Spurs in 2019, which could play another vital role in this deal.
On an individual basis, Winks will be desperate to accumulate some playing time, given the amount of quality he possesses. He is surely out of contention for a place in England’s squad for the Euros, however, the 25-year old would look forward to reclaiming his spot in the team for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, next year.