Atletico Madrid have rejected a bid from Barcelona for striker Angel Correa.
According to Spanish website AS, the Catalan club made an attempt to sign the Argentine forward last week. A source close to Barcelona claimed that despite having a bid rejected, they are still keen on the player:
"He is a player who we still want. He has a tremendous idyll with a goal and he has confidence and talent."
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Madrid manager Diego Simeone will be hoping to hold on to Correa, who is only 21-years-old and has the potential to become one of the best players in Europe. He featured irregularly in Simeone's team last season, clocking up 1375 minutes on the pitch and scoring eight goals, as he began to adjust to football at the highest level.
The AS report suggests that Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been a keen admirer of the Argentine for a few seasons, and wants to sign him as cover for his front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
There is little chance of Correa breaking into the team ahead of any one of those players, so the choice may be decided on where he gets more playing time, which is almost certainly at Atletico.
At such a young age, the forward is being compared to a number of Argentina greats, with many drawing comparisons between him and Carlos Tevez, due to their similar style of play.
The striker's season begins in a few weeks, as he was selected in his country's Olympic football team, and will head to Brazil with the aim of winning gold for Argentina.
In 2004, Tevez did the same thing and won the gold medal, so he will be hoping to repeat his countryman's success this year.
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