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Atletico Madrid battling Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, AC Milan for 23-year-old playmaker

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A fresh report coming out of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Mundo Deportivo) has claimed that Atletico Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation of a certain Nicolo Zaniolo, Roma’s 23-year-old attacking midfielder, as his current deal with the Italian side expires in 2024. 

Atletico Madrid are bearing the consequences of a failed sporting project. To begin with, the salary cost of the squad has gone beyond its limit and the failure to continue in the UEFA Champions League, as well as the Europa League, has made the team extremely vulnerable in the market.

For that particular reason, the Rojiblancos will approach the next few transfer windows in a cautious state. This means the management will only target those names who are either available on a free transfer or might come in cheap.

This is when Zaniolo comes into the picture. Given the fact that the departure of Joao Felix is almost certain, the team from the Spanish capital city will want someone to fill the void. And since the possibility of Zaniolo signing a new contract with Roma are low, Atletico can actually think of making an official approach.

The report says that Zaniolo is a player that Andrea Berta, Atletico’s sports director, knows very well and the man in charge is of the idea that the Italian would be the perfect player to replace the exit-bound Felix.

As of today, Roma do not really want to part ways with the playmaker and for that, they have established contact with the player’s agent. But given the interest he has generated, the Italian international might as well look to change his environment.

In that regard, Atletico Madrid are certainly not the only team monitoring his situation, with Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and AC Milan also said to be keeping tabs. 

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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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