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Report: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid among European clubs interested in Johnny Cardoso

Johnny Cardoso’s impressive start to life at Real Betis has reportedly attracted the interest of several other Spanish and European suitors.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid headline a group of European clubs that are interested in Cardoso’s services, Diario De Sevilla reported Friday. Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are also interested in Cardoso, according to the report.

Real Betis would seek roughly $32.4 million for Cardoso (€30 million) and the midfielder also has an €80 million release clause. His current contract runs until June 2029.

Cardoso, a New Jersey native, made the move to Real Betis in January from Brazilian Serie A side Internacional. The 22-year-old midfielder has made a smooth transition to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad, scoring one goal and adding two assists in 14 combined appearances.

He made 144 combined appearances for Internacional prior to his move to Spain, scoring seven goals, registering five assists, and logging 8,031 minutes. Cardoso has earned 11 caps with the U.S. men’s national team to date, most recently featuring in the CONCACAF Nations League triumph over Mexico last March.

Barcelona sits second in La Liga while Atletico Madrid are fourth in the table. RB Leipzig are fourth in the Bundesliga while Borussia Dortmund are fifth.

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