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Arsenal stepping up their pursuit of Atletico Madrid attacker – English sources

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With Manchester United’s interest in Joao Felix tapering off, Arsenal are now ready to step up their pursuit of the Atletico Madrid forward in the ongoing January transfer window.

This claim comes from Sam Dean of The Telegraph, who states that the Gunners will ramp up their efforts to sign Felix, although any move would depend on the size of the loan fee that Atletico demand for the 23-year-old.

Felix joined the Rojiblancos back in the summer of 2019 in a deal worth €126 million. He has made over 100 appearances for the Spanish giants but has failed to live up to the expectations while his relationship with Diego Simeone has strained in recent months.

It has resulted in Felix seeking an exit this month, with his agent, Jorge Mendes, working hard to find a way out for the Portuguese international.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United had all been credited with serious interest in the former SL Benfica starlet. All three clubs are in need of a forward and are capable of meeting his lofty wages.

However, Chelsea are currently focused on their efforts to sign midfielder Enzo Fernandez, while Manchester United have deemed the asking price for Felix too high.

After all, Atletico Madrid are seeking a loan fee of €15 million for the 23-year-old while also wanting the interested parties to cover his wages for the remainder of the season, which would come up to around €6 million.

It has become an impediment in Felix’s search for an exit, although Arsenal are now willing to step up their pursuit of the young Portuguese ace.

But, once again, any move will depend on the fee that Atletico Madrid will ask to loan out their forward. It is unlikely that Mikel Arteta’s side would be open to shelling out the €21 million package to sign the player for just six months. So, a compromise will be needed for the deal to go through.

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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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