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Atletico Madrid angry with Barcelona target for refusing to listen to Premier League offers



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Yannick Carrasco is very much likely to be on his way out of Atletico Madrid in the summer, amidst interest from FC Barcelona.

The 29-year-old has been on the Blaugrana’s radar since the January transfer window but Atletico refused to sanction an exit during the winter. However, the two clubs came to an agreement over a €15 million buy option for Barça in the summer.

And, according to the latest update from SPORT, Barcelona intend on exercising the buy option for Carrasco in the summer, although they plan on negotiating a lower fee with the Rojiblancos for the Belgian international.

Atletico Madrid, for their part, are said to be angry with Carrasco as he is refusing to listen to offers from Premier League clubs, who are willing to pay more than Barcelona for his services.

Carrasco’s contract with the Colchoneros expires in the summer and as things stand, all signs point towards him leaving this summer.

It has been previously reported that the winger has been frustrated by the club not living up to the promise of offering him an improved contract.

Furthermore, Carrasco’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a very good relationship with Barcelona and had already admitted in January that the former AS Monaco prodigy is looking forward to making the jump to Catalonia.

Fabrizio Romano reported back in February that Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were also keeping tabs on Carrasco ahead of the summer transfer window.

If there is serious interest from those clubs, they would be in a position to outspend Barcelona, meaning more cash in Atletico Madrid’s coffers.

However, the winger is refusing to listen to any other offers at this point even though there is a risk that a move to Barcelona may not materialise at all if their Financial Fair Play problems persist.

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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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