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Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in talks over a striker-for-striker swap deal

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Alvaro Morata’s senior career has been similar to a bird of passage. The striker has not seen continuity at any of his clubs despite racking up numbers and has played at Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus in addition to Atletico Madrid.

The player is currently on loan at Juventus from Diego Simeone’s side, but his future in Italy is uncertain. After the rise of Dusan Vlahovic, the Bianconeri are very far from renewing the Spaniard which could force him to return to Madrid.

According to reports from MARCA, Atletico Madrid have already begun preparations to engineer Morata’s departure from the club.

Los Rojiblancos‘ CEO Gil Marin is said to have met with Barcelona Director Mateu Alemany to work out an operation involving the transfer for the centre forward.

The proposed formula is said to be a swap deal that would see Antoine Griezmann moving permanently to Simeone’s side with Morata playing at Camp Nou.

Though the Frenchman currently dons the red-and-white colours of Madrid, his move to the club has not been completed on a permanent basis.

Atletico’s purchase clause on the forward does not kick in until his second year on loan, and this could be the perfect chance to bring him in for no added fee.

In 34 Serie A games for Juventus this season, Morata has scored eight times and provided six assists. He averages 1.3 key passes per game and has created ten big chances.

With the club eyeing Lautaro Martinez amongst other strikers, selling Morata would go a long way in ensuring a new star signing.

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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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