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Arsenal weighing up move for Atletico Madrid striker, Leeds United also interested

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A rough UEFA Champions League campaign has Atletico Madrid hanging by a thin string now. Not only are the Spanish giants eliminated from the top-tier European competition but they also failed to qualify for the Europa League, putting them in a difficult spot financially.

Departures are now the need of the hour, and the club’s management are working around the clock to make them possible. Joao Felix, Mario Hermoso, and Matheus Cunha are just a few of the many names seen as possible candidates.

David Ornstein brings to light more details about the situation of Cunha and the clubs interested in him, especially from the Premier League.

Wolverhampton were said to be interested in Cunha recently but it is now uncertain if they will meet Atletico’s economic demands. There are other clubs in the running, however, with Leeds United being serious contenders.

Everton too are supposedly long-term admirers of the striker and are willing to go after his signature as early as the winter transfer window. Meanwhile, Aston Villa maintains the player on their radar but have not shown any signs of pushing for talks.

The biggest name chasing the forward is Arsenal. The Gunners are contemplating whether or not to step into the race for the Rojiblanco striker. Arteta sees Cunha as a possible replacement for fellow Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus but is yet to decide whether to pursue him or not.

The 23-year-old striker has played 11 games for Diego Simeone’s side in La Liga this season starting only two. In that duration, he has provided two assists but is yet to find the back of the net.

It is clear that the manager does not trust the forward as much as he did at the beginning of the season, and an exit would bode well for all parties involved.

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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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