Atletico Madrid transfer interests England defender Tarkowski - source 2
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Burnley defender James Tarkowski would be interested in a move to Atletico Madrid and developing his playing style under Diego Simeone, a source has told ESPN FC.

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England international Tarkowski is expected to leave Burnley this summer for a fee of around €30 million.

Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City have also been reported as possible destinations for the 26-year-old, who has been talked of in the Spanish media as a potential replacement for club captain Diego Godin who will leave at the end of the season.

The Manchester born defender joined Burnley from Brentford for £3.6m in January 2016, and won promotion with Sean Dyche’s team in the following months, before establishing himself at Premier League level over the last three seasons.

England manager Gareth Southgate gave Tarkowski a full international debut in March 2018, and he was back in the squad during the last international break.

“It probably helps because I get a bit more coaching from [Dyche and Southgate],” Tarkowski said last month when asked to compare playing at club and international level. “[Dyche] has improved me massively defensively since I’ve been here and there’s a bit of a different style with England in terms of playing out from the back a bit more, but I enjoy both styles. You’ve got to adapt, it’s part of being a footballer. You’re never going to work in the same system under the same manager throughout your career.”

Atletico are sure to sign a number of defenders this summer, with Godin’s exit and Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich already confirmed, and Filipe Luis and Juanfran Torres out of contract in June.

Porto centre-back Felipe and left-back Alex Telles are close to agreeing moves to the Wanda Metropolitano, while Atletico have also been tracking Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.

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