The 2022 summer transfer window is paramount for Atletico Madrid’s immediate future as the Rojiblancos seek to reinforce their defence, midfield, and attack all in one window.
The idea is to sign high pedigree players for a low fee. However, it seems that Diego Simeone’s side have not only pushed away the competition but also lead the race to sign one of their top targets.
According to reports from Tribuna VCF, the agreement between Atletico Madrid and Carlos Soler is very advanced. However, the two parties have not been in contact for the past two weeks because Los Rojiblancos need to sell players before they are able to sign him.
This comes as massive news for Diego Simeone’s plans for the coming season. The addition of the 25-year-old will bring a spark to the midfield that the likes of Koke and Rodrigo de Paul have failed to bring in recent months.
Soler played 32 games for Valencia last season, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists. In addition to his contributions in carrying the ball forward, he also averaged close to five defensive actions per game.
Barcelona are also interested in signing the midfielder for the coming season, especially given the imminent departure of Frenkie de Jong. The Catalans see him as a direct replacement for the Dutch star but are still behind Atletico in the race.
Needless to say, the Madrid-based side must act fast. A little complacence could reopen the door for Barcelona to swoop in and win the player’s signature.
It is said that Valencia ask for around €20 million for their academy graduate. While that fee is certainly a bargain, the club’s administration will try to negotiate a better offer in the coming days.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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