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Arsenal among four Premier League clubs vying to sign €30 million Atletico Madrid ace



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With the January transfer window less than two weeks away, Atletico Madrid could be a hubbub of activity. The Colchoneros are in an iffy situation financially and need to make some sales in order to balance the books.

Joao Felix looks certain to leave after falling out with manager Diego Simeone. Out-of-favour defender Felipe also looks bound for the exit doors come January. Another player who is believed to be on his way out from the Civitas Metropolitano is Matheus Cunha.

The Brazilian signed for Atletico Madrid only last year, arriving from German outfit Hertha BSC. However, he did not have the best of debut seasons, and he has also struggled to make much of an impact in this campaign either.

So far in 2022/23, Cunha has played 17 matches in all competitions without scoring a single goal while managing just two assists. No longer a regular starter in Simeone’s side, Atletico Madrid are ready to part ways with him.

And, according to SPORT, as many as four Premier League clubs are vying to sign the Brazilian centre-forward.

Wolves have been the most strongly linked with a move for Cunha and talks have been held with Atleti about a possible swoop. Julen Lopetegui’s side are intent on signing a new striker and have made the Atletico ace as their priority.

However, of late, Leeds United have made their presence felt in the race for the 23-year-old’s signing as well. A move to Elland Road could appeal to Cunha as he would have a leading role under Jesse Marsch.

Aston Villa, led by new manager Aston Villa, are also said to be pursuing the signing of Cunha, while the latest team to join the race are Arsenal.

Following the injury to Gabriel Jesus, the Premier League leaders are intent on signing a new striker to ensure that their title challenge does not go off the rails. Cunha, to that end, has emerged as a viable target.

Atletico Madrid, for their part, would be willing to sanction a sale for a fee of around €30 million as per the report.

Whether any of the aforementioned four teams are successful in their pursuit of Cunha next month will be interesting to see. For now, though, all signs point towards a move to the Premier League for the Brazilian.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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