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Atletico Madrid approach Barcelona target over Bosman move next summer – report



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Atletico Madrid have made contact with the representatives of Athletic Club defender and Barcelona target Inigo Martinez to explore the possibility of a summer transfer, reports Ruben Uria of GOAL.

Martinez is widely regarded as one of the most reliable and experienced defenders in La Liga. The 31-year-old Spanish international is in the final phase of his contract with the Basque club and is yet to sign a new deal with them.

It has left the door open for the left-footed centre-back to leave the club as a free agent at the end of the season.

And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid have presented themselves as a possible destination for Martinez for the summer.

The Rojiblancos are understood to hold a firm interest in the 31-year-old and have made contact with his representatives to get information about his current situation at Athletic Club and assess the viability of a move in the summer.

The report clarifies that at the moment there has been no offer made for Martinez but the Rojiblancos have only lodged an enquiry.

Los Rojiblancos are already on track to sign Caglar Soyuncu as a free agent in the summer and could now look to rope in Martinez as well.

But Diego Simeone’s men will likely have to battle arch-rivals Barcelona in pursuit of the Spaniard. The La Liga leaders have been interested in Martinez’s signing since the summer and are looking to sign him as a free agent later this year.

Apart from Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, several clubs in England, Turkey, and Germany are also said to be interested in Martinez, potentially setting up an interesting transfer battle for his services in the 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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