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Aston Villa ready to offer ‘succulent’ transfer fee for Atletico Madrid midfielder



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After a fairly slow start to life in the Spanish capital, Geoffrey Kondogbia has grown into a vital part of the Atletico Madrid setup.

The 29-year-old midfielder was signed from La Liga rivals Valencia in 2020 and had a difficult initiation period at the Wanda Metropolitano. However, he has steadily developed himself into a vital player for Diego Simeone.

A powerful midfielder, the former Inter Milan and AS Monaco star has shown his versatility by often slotting in as a centre-back this season. Kondogbia, so far, has featured 61 times for Atleti, scoring once and setting up two more.

However, his time at the club could come to an end in the summer transfer window amid interest from the Premier League.

A report from GOAL España has claimed that Aston Villa are interested in signing Kondogbia from Atletico Madrid this summer. They would be willing to pay a ‘succulent’ transfer fee to secure the signing of the 29-year-old.

However, the report also adds that Kondogbia is happy at Atletico Madrid.

But there could be a willingness from the club’s part to offload the former Sevilla ace. Boubacar Kamara is likely to arrive on a Bosman deal from Olympique Marseille on a free transfer.

With Koke, Rodrigo De Paul, Marcos Llorente already at Simeone’s disposal and young Javi Serrano expected to step up next season, Atletico might need to offload a player from their midfield unit.

With Aston Villa willing to pay a handsome fee to sign Kondogbia, he could be the one who Simeone & co. decide to part ways with in the summer window. Even if Atletico decide to sell him, the club would likely demand a hefty sum for his services.

It remains to be seen what the future holds for the 29-year-old, who has rebuilt his career successfully after a spell of decline during his time at Inter Milan.

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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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