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Atletico Madrid and Juventus interested in Argentine right-back, Udinese ask €30m

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Atletico Madrid are infamous for their relentless defensive line, often frustrating the opponents with a low block. The same happened when Diego Simeone’s side faced off Manchester City in the Champions League earlier this week.

One would expect Los Rojiblancos to have numerous backups in defence given their style of play. However, that is not the case at right-back.

While Mario Hermoso, Reinildo, and Renan Lodi compete for one spot at left-back, Sime Vrsaljko has no direct backup on the other end of defence. Given that the Croatian is already 30, the club are actively eyeing reinforcements to provide cover to his position.

According to reports from Daniele Longo of Calcio Mercato, the Madrid-based side are eyeing Nahuel Molina of Udinese as a possible signing.

The Argentine has started 23 Serie A games for his side this season, scoring six goals and providing one assist. He averages one key pass per game and has created four big chances so far in the league alone.

Defensively, he produces one tackle, a clearance, 0.7 interceptions, and 2.5 duels won per 90 minutes.

Juventus too are interested in the 24-year-old’s signature. Udinese demand a fee of €30 million for their defender, a generous ask in today’s inflated market.

It remains to be seen if Molina prefers a move within Italy or opts for a move to Spain. The Bianconeri are said to be leading the race for the right-back, but an improved offer from Atletico Madrid could see the tables turn.

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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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