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Atletico Madrid agree deal in principle with Premier League club to offload defender

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In a major development, Atletico Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement in principle with Premier League club Nottingham Forest to offload Renan Lodi.

As reported by journalist Jacque Talbot, Nottingham Forest and Atletico Madrid have shaken hands on a loan deal with an option to make the Brazilian defender’s transfer permanent next summer.

The Rojiblancos will receive a loan fee of €5 million for Lodi and would stand to pocket a further €30 million if Nottingham Forest decide to make his transfer permanent next summer.

Lodi has been with Atletico Madrid for a little over three years now, having joined the club in 2019 from Athletico Paranaense in his homeland. He has made 118 appearances for the Colchoneros so far, racking up six goals and 11 assists.

However, the 24-year-old has fallen behind Reinildo Mandava in the pecking order in Diego Simeone’s plans, which has forced him to consider a move away, especially with the FIFA World Cup coming up later this year.

There had been talks about a move to Newcastle United while clubs in the French Ligue 1 had shown some interest. But it is Nottingham Forest who seem to have clinched the signing of Lodi.

Talks had been progressing over the past week and an agreement in principle has been reached now. Jacque Talbot also adds that the Premier League club are now in talks with Lodi to agree personal terms before a deal can be finalised.

Once they offload the Brazilian, Simeone’s side might dip into the market for a new left-back, with former Real Madrid star Sergio Reguilon being linked with a move to the Civitas Metropolitano.

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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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