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Atletico Madrid are considering Griezmann sale in an attempt to sign Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo is facing a precarious situation this summer, as the Portuguese international continues to find a suitor ahead of the new season.

Ronaldo is unsettled at Manchester United after the club failed to finish inside the top four. The attacker wants to compete in the UEFA Champions League next season, with his agent offering him to several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs were Atletico Madrid, with Jorge Mendes meeting with the club’s CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin earlier in the month.

However, during the meeting, Gil Marin rejected the opportunity to sign Ronaldo as the club were not in a position to afford the Portuguese international, due to a €45 million budget deficit.

But according to a recent report from The Times, it appears Atletico Madrid are looking to make a slight adjustment to their squad in an attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the new season.

Los Colchoneros currently have a slew of fringe players who are not paramount in Diego Simeone’s plans for the new season. The club are already trying to offload Thomas Lemar and as per Times, Antoine Griezmann is another player they could sell in order to sign Ronaldo.

The Frenchman is currently on a loan deal from Barcelona, with Atletico Madrid having a compulsory buyout clause worth €40 million.

Atleti are hoping to offload Griezmann this summer in an attempt to take the load off their wage bill and generate some transfer revenue that could go a long way in helping them sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

However, finding a suitor for Griezmann could be difficult as the attacker has endured a rapid fall from grace in recent years. He was recently offered to Paris Saint-Germain, among many other top clubs in Europe, but the Parisian juggernaut have declined the opportunity.

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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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