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Atletico Madrid, Barcelona eyeing summer move for out-of-favour Chelsea star



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Signing a player with a good record in the league is an idea that seldom fails. After all, Europe’s top five leagues all have very different playing styles and approaches, and experience is key.

According to reports from The Telegraph, Atletico Madrid are considering signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer. The striker may not be favoured at Chelsea, but his statistics and recent spell in La Liga show that the Gabonese striker can make it big in Spain.

Los Rojiblancos tried to sign the striker in January but FIFA rules blocked a potential transfer. They will return in his pursuit in June, but face stiff competition in Barcelona and AC Milan.

Aubameyang joined Barcelona in last year’s winter transfer window and was one of the pioneering forces in the Catalan march in the second half of 2021-22. In 17 league games, he scored 11 goals and provided one assist in addition to creating three big chances.

He left Barcelona for Chelsea after Robert Lewandowski’s arrival in Spain. However, his spell in London has been underwhelming.

The striker has been removed from Chelsea’s squad list for the UEFA Champions League to accommodate the club’s new signings. After such a development, it is difficult to see him continue in England and a move in June is expected.

His contract in London runs out in 2024, and negotiations between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea could progress smoothly. However, it is not known whether the move will be a direct transfer or an exchange involving Joao Felix who is currently on loan with the Blues.

Aubameyang will fight it out with Alvaro Morata for a starting spot at tge Civitas Metropolitano if the transfer goes through. The big hurdle, however, is the interest of Barcelona and the striker’s deep desire to return to Spotify Camp Nou.

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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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