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Atletico Madrid, Barcelona interested in €45 million-rated Tottenham target – report



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Atletico Madrid are planning a defensive overhaul in the coming transfer windows to replenish their waning resources in the squad. Caglar Soyuncu will be the first such appointment, but it is not only the centre-back position that the club see as a priority.

According to reports from Record, Atletico Madrid are closely monitoring the situation of Sporting CP right-back Pedro Porro and see him as an apt signing for their backline. While the interest now is purely speculative, Los Rojiblancos could make an official offer for him as early as June.

Porro is widely seen as one of the finest talents in world football and has risen to prominence in recent times after his explosive growth in the Portuguese League.

The 23-year-old has one goal and five assists in just nine league starts so far for Sporting this season. His average of 2.6 shots and 2.2 key passes per ninety minutes place him among Europe’s best fullbacks. Further, he contributes to just under eight defensive actions per game this season in Liga Portugal.

It is not surprising that Atletico Madrid are not alone in the race for Porro. Barcelona are also said to be well placed for his transfer, while clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with his name in the past.

In fact, the aforementioned report adds that Tottenham are serious about signing Porro and could make a move for him in the near future. It has alerted Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, who have contacted Sporting to keep themselves updated about the right-back’s future.

The youngster’s contract with Sporting runs until 2025 and has a release clause of €45 million. His signing will not be an economically simple affair, but one would assume the player justifies the tag with his quality.

Diego Simeone has trusted Nahuel Molina and Marcos Llorente at the right-back position this season, but neither has managed to put a strong foot down and claim to be better than the other.

The Spanish defender’s arrival would close any room for discussion as one would assume that the youngster would walk into Simeone’s starting lineup without much trouble.

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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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