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Atletico Madrid Duo Reportedly Set to Join Yannick Carrasco With Moves to Chinese Super League

90min logo 90min 2/26/2018 Ben Davies
a man with a football ball: Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Betis Balompie - La Liga © Denis Doyle/GettyImages Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Betis Balompie - La Liga

​Atletico Madrid duo Fernando Torres and Nicolas Gaitan are reportedly set to move to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang in the immediate future, with both players being believed to have played their final games for Los Rojiblancos.

As out of favour winger Yannick Carrasco also prepares to leave the club for the same Chinese outfit in a  €30m deal, Diego Simeone's Atletico clear out seems to finally be coming into effect, with Torres and Gaitan looking like they will be following the Belgian out of the Wanda Metropolitano.

According to AS (via  Football España), Gaitan will be leaving Madrid in a deal worth €18m - only 18 months after his €25m move from Benfica. The Argentine is set to put pen to paper "in the next few hours" after missing Atletico's 5-2 win over Sevilla on Sunday night.

As for Torres, the Chinese side have picked up interest in the former Premier League striker after Diego Simeone's comments regarding his future last week, as reported by  ​ABC

The Atleti boss  ​simply replied 'no' to a question asked about whether the manger would fight to keep Torres  at the club beyond his contract expiry in summer.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Atletico Madrid v FC Copenhagen - UEFA Europa League © Denis Doyle/GettyImages Atletico Madrid v FC Copenhagen - UEFA Europa League

Whether or not either of these deals affect Yannick Carrasco's proposed move to Dalian Yifang is unconfirmed. However, the high interest in Atletico players comes as a result of owner  Wang Jianlin - who also owns 15% of the Spanish side. His company, the Dalian Wanda group, also sponsors Atelti's stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano.

Dalian Yifang have only been in existence for eight years, and have recently been promoted into the Chinese Super League. The apparent signing of the previously mentioned trio looks a safe bet to keep them in the Chinese top flight.


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