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Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Atletico Madrid could lose one of their key star in January with English Premier League outfit Newcastle United ready to launch a transfer offer for Samuel Lino although he is yet to cement a place for himself since his arrival as he remains as a rotating starting option for Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital who operates mostly in a 3-5-2 set-up.

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Diego Simeone’s Atletico opted to loan Lino to Valencia for the 2022/23 season after agreeing a deal to sign him from Portuguese side Gil Vicente and he impressed with Los Che scoring six goals and featuring in all 38 of Valencia’s La Liga games, he looked set for a key role on his return to Madrid but that hasn’t been the case as he finds himself behind the pecking order most times.

Newcastle are monitoring the situation with growing interest ahead of the incoming transfer window as reported by Todofichajes revealing that the Magpies are keen to bolster their options at left back and Lino could come in handy for Eddie Howe.


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Atletico are not actively looking to sell Lino, with the 23-year-old under contract at the club until 2027, but Newcastle could still make a bid.

Meanwhile…

Barcelona will make a late call on Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s fitness ahead of their Champions League clash with Porto after missing out on the 1-1 draw with Rayo as La Blaugrana host the Portuguese giants in Catalonia on November 28 with a home win set to guarantee their place in the last 16 in 2024.

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However, Xavi faces a decision on whether to bring Ter Stegen back into the squad for a game with reduced importance, ahead of a key run of league matches.

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