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Arsenal open talks to sign Real Madrid, Atletico right-back target – Romano

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Ivan Fresneda is currently one of the hottest young right-backs in Spain, having enjoyed a breakthrough with Real Valladolid.

The former Real Madrid academy product has already established himself as a regular at Valladolid, with nine appearances in La Liga. But his long-term future at Valladolid appears to be in doubt, as multiple clubs are sounding out the possibility of signing the player in January.

Fresneda’s former club Real Madrid are already keeping tabs on the youngster’s progression in La Liga, while cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid are interested in him as well, with an eye to making a move as soon as possible.

Real Madrid have targeted the 18-year-old as part of their plan to add more competition for Dani Carvajal, whereas Atleti require more reinforcements in the full-back position.

The two Spanish giants, though, are set to face fresh competition from Arsenal, in the pursuit of Fresneda.

This has been reported by Fabrizio Romano, who suggests that Arsenal have begun talks over the possibility to sign Fresneda in the ongoing January transfer window. They are holding talks with both Valladolid and the player’s agent.

The Gunners’ pursuit of Fresneda is hardly surprising as the club desperately require a proper alternative for the likes of Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu at right-back. That is where Fresneda comes into the fray, with the youngster having impressed the onlookers with his pace and athleticism.

Luring the 18-year-old might not be a challenge either, as Valladolid are believed to be open to a sale if any interested party can come up with an offer of around €15 million, even though his release clause amount stands at €30 million.

With Arsenal upping the ante in pursuit of Fresneda, it remains to be seen if either Atletico or Real Madrid make any efforts to sign the teenager or look at other targets.

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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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