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Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United want Atletico Madrid ace on loan, €21m package a hurdle

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Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin recently admitted that the relationship between Joao Felix and Diego Simeone is broken and the 60-year-old revealed the worst-kept secret that the Portuguese international might as well be on his way out in January.

“I believe he is a top, world-class player, but for reasons it is not worth getting into now, the relationship between him and the ‘mister’ (coach Diego Simeone) is not good, nor is his motivation.

“The reasonable thing is to think he will leave. Although I would love him to stay, that is not the player’s idea,” he had said.

Now, according to The Athletic, given the situation at hand, the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes is currently trying to organise a loan move for his client, but the only hurdle the stakeholders are facing are the terms and the finances.

It must be remembered that Felix cost Atletico a whopping €126 million when he arrived from Benfica in 2019. It is understood that while Atletico know recouping that amount in January would be next to impossible, they are said to be seeking a €21 million package for a possible loan move.

The Athletic bifurcates the amount as €15 million loan fee while the other €6 million will be his gross salary. 

Speaking in the context of the player’s transfer, Premier League sides such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have previously enquired about his availability, but the figures Atletico are demanding are proving impossible for the teams to match.

Apart from the Premier League, teams such as Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have also been mentioned in the Spanish press, but it is understood that if Felix is to leave, Premier League will be the most likely destination.

The Athletic also states that Mendes has already contacted a number of Premier League teams in order to strike a loan deal until summer for the Portuguese. The only hurdle the agent is facing is to get the mentioned €21 million out of the interested teams.

Among all the interested parties, Arsenal like Felix a lot and the management is of the idea that he would be a great addition to the attacking unit.

Manchester United, on the other hand, asked about his availability in the previous summer window, but now, they might want a traditional striker following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

As of today, there is no active negotiation going on with any of the mentioned teams, but if the cost of the loan deal falls, he might as well move to the English shores soon.

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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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