Leicester star Caglar Soyuncu's Atletico Madrid transfer in doubt as they consider move for full-back instead | The Sun
CAGLAR SOYUNCU'S Atletico Madrid transfer is at risk of collapsing on deadline day, according to reports.
The Leicester defender, 26, has been linked with a move to the Wanda Metropolitano throughout the January window.
And with the LaLiga side set to allow Felipe to leave for Nottingham Forest, another centre-back looked set to replace him with Soyuncu their No1 target.
However, according to AS in Spain, Atleti's priorities have changed.
Struggling Diego Simeone is worried about the workload on right-back Nahuel Molina.
World Cup-winner Molina, 24, has started 25 of Atletico's 30 matches so far this season – missing two through suspension.
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That is because he is the only recognised right-back in the squad – although Jose Maria Gimenez and Marcos Llorente can fill in if needed.
Therefore Simeone has switched the club's focus on deadline day to provide back-up for Molina.
That is likely to be on loan with Jonathan Clauss from Marseille and Tottenham's Matt Doherty targeted.
And that could see Soyuncu left in limbo until the summer, with Atletico still keen but likely to wait to bring him in for free when his contract expires in six months.
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The former PFA Team of the Year defender has seen his career stagnate at Leicester in the last year.
Turkey international Soyuncu has made just one Premier League appearance this season – with his other two games away at Gillingham and Stockport in the cup.
Brendan Rodgers clearly does not want him playing with Jonny Evans, Wout Faes, Daniel Amartey and even midfielder Wilfred Ndidi all preferred at centre-back.
And Soyuncu's slim chances of game time at the King Power are set to take another blow as the Foxes close in on Harry Souttar from Stoke.
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