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Atletico Madrid already in talks with Real Betis over move for eight-goal striker



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With Matheus Cunha leaving Atletico Madrid recently and Joao Felix on his way out, the Rojiblancos are on the lookout for a new striker to reinforce their ranks.

And, Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias has emerged as the club’s top target in their bid to strengthen the attacking department.

The 29-year-old has been a consistent performer for Los Verdiblancos since joining the club in the summer of 2019 in a deal worth €28 million.

In the ongoing season, Iglesias has scored eight goals in 13 La Liga appearances and is the joint second-highest goalscorer in the Spanish top flight only behind Barcelona superstar Robert Lewandowski.

Naturally, Atletico Madrid have taken a shine towards the striker and are considering a swoop for him in the upcoming January transfer window.

And, according to MARCA, Los Colchoneros have already held initial talks with Real Betis about a possible move, transferring their intentions of wanting to sign Iglesias in the winter.

The report states that Atletico have received a positive response from the striker and his camp, which has prompted them to make an approach to Real Betis.

Los Verdiblancos, for their part, were preparing for Atleti’s overtures for the Spaniard before the news of the interest became public. Real Betis president Angel Haro also spoke to Iglesias on Monday, although the striker dismissed the discussions as nothing major.

But, it is understood that Atletico Madrid will make a move for the striker as soon as Jorge Mendes finds a solution for Joao Felix, who could move to the Premier League where Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are vying for his signing.

A move to the Civitas Metropolitano will be a step-up in Iglesias’ career while his sale would help Real Betis deal with their financial issues as well. And Atletico Madrid would be getting a proven striker, who has scored more goals in La Liga this season than all the options at Diego Simeone’s disposal.

Betis could demand a high sum for the 29-year-old, having spent €28 million on him, more so considering the striker’s contract runs until 2026.

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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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