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Arsenal, Newcastle best placed to sign Atletico Madrid target with €30m release clause



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Ivan Fresneda of Real Valladolid has generated a lot of excitement in his breakthrough campaign with the club. The 18-year-old right-back has attracted a lot of interest from several clubs, with Atletico Madrid also said to be among his admirers.

However, according to Mundo Deportivo, it is Arsenal and Newcastle United who are the best placed to secure the services of the teenage defender and could beat Atletico to his capture.

Fresneda started out at the Real Madrid youth academy before moving to Leganes and subsequently to Valladolid, where he has broken into the first-team setup.

The 18-year-old full-back made his senior debut last season, but has gained greater prominence at Valladolid this season, featuring 11 times across all competitions thus far, catching the eye with his impressive displays.

It has attracted the interest of clubs from within Spain and outside. Atletico Madrid, for their part, are said to have been monitoring Fresneda for a long time and their interest in signing him was known since last season itself.

With Nahuel Molina being the only natural right-back at Diego Simeone’s disposal, Los Colchoneros would benefit from incorporating another player in the position, so that the manager could revert to using Marcos Llorente higher up the pitch.

Fresneda, to that end, would have been a handy signing. However, as per the report, the 18-year-old seems bound for the Premier League, with Arsenal and Newcastle United emerging as the best-placed teams to land him.

It is claimed that the youngster’s agents will be flying to England to hold further talks and finalise a move. Fresneda’s contract with Valladolid runs until 2025 and has a release clause worth €30 million, but a deal could be done for a lower fee.

So, as things stand, despite their long-standing interest in the young Spaniard, Atletico Madrid look set to miss out on Fresneda.

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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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