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Atletico Madrid among clubs best placed to sign Barcelona-linked midfielder

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A recent report from Sky Sports (h/t Mundo Deportivo) has offered an update on the future of Daichi Kamada. The Eintracht Frankfurt playmaker looks set to leave the club at the end of the season, with the player unlikely to renew at Waldstadion.

The report suggests Atletico Madrid are in pole position to sign Kamada. The Japanese international was closely linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund lately, but it appears the move has collapsed, paving the way for Atleti to join the chase.

With growing concerns over the future of Thomas Lemar, and Barcelona-linked Yannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid are in the market for players who can create scoring opportunities in the final third.

Kamada fits the bill perfectly, as he has an excellent track record in the Bundesliga. In 169 competitive matches for Frankfurt, he has racked up 37 goals and 31 assists. He has quietly established himself as one of the best playmakers in the Bundesliga.

Interestingly, Barcelona are the other club to have been linked with a move for Kamada. The Japanese international’s status as a free agent was an appealing prospect for the Catalans, as they continue to struggle with Financial Fair Play regulations.

In addition to Barça, several Premier League clubs have shown the desire to sign Carrasco. But Atletico Madrid are best-placed to sign the Frankfurt star, as he looks to take the next step in his career.

At 26, Kamada is at the peak of his powers right now and could prove to be an excellent long-term asset to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side. His status as a free agent also makes him a financially feasible target for Los Rojiblancos, who must do everything they can to secure the services of the Japanese international this summer.

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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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