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Arsenal, Manchester United hold talks with Atletico Madrid attacker’s agent – Romano



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With little under a week remaining under the January transfer window opens, Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy time ahead.

The Spanish giants could undergo significant changes in the squad, especially following their elimination from European competitions. The club are short on funds and must offload multiple star players, including Joao Felix.

The former SL Benfica starlet was one of the major under-performers for Diego Simeone’s team this season. But thanks to his exuberance at the FIFA World Cup, he has once again become a wanted prospect in the market.

Various Premier League clubs have already explored the idea of signing Felix in the upcoming January transfer window. And according to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal and Manchester United have recently made the first step by holding talks with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

Both English giants have contacted Felix’s agent, asking about the possibility of a January move to the Premier League. There will be a fresh round of talks once again this week to determine the future of the Portuguese international, who is unhappy with his life at Atleti.

Felix played a starring role for Portugal in the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup. He was involved in three goals, helping the European giants reach the quarter-final stage. Felix showed good form for Atleti just before the World Cup as well, notably scoring a brace against Cadiz.

Quite naturally, luring the attacker away from Atletico will not be a walk in the park for either Manchester United or Arsenal. Los Colchoneros had spent a fortune on the player a few years ago and will be determined to recoup the entire amount, if not make a profit on it.

Not to mention, Arsenal and Manchester United may face stiff competition from Chelsea, who are hoping to land the Portuguese international on a loan deal, with an option or an obligation to buy.

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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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