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Atletico Madrid centre-back wanted by La Liga rivals, high wages an impediment

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With Atletico Madrid looking to make room for new arrivals in the ongoing transfer window, they are open to offers for a number of players on their roster.

One such player who could be allowed to leave if a good offer came in, according to Mundo Deportivo, is defender Mario Hermoso.

The 27-year-old has been at Atletico Madrid since 2019 when he arrived from RCD Espanyol. But he has never been able to establish himself as an undisputed starter under Diego Simeone and has often been in and out of the team.

Hermoso’s involvement has taken a major hit this season, as indicated by the fact that he has played four games (172 minutes) in La Liga, with one of those appearances ending in a red card, which has ruled him out of the upcoming match against Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid want to sign a new defender and have identified Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu as a target.

While a free transfer in the summer when his contract with Leicester seems certain, Los Rojiblancos are hoping to bring forward his arrival in January and will need to offload one of Felipe or Hermoso in order to do that.

Amidst this, the report claims that two La Liga clubs, in the form of Espanyol and Real Betis, are showing an interest in securing Hermoso’s services. With 18 months left on his contract, Atletico Madrid could look at this window as an opportunity to cash in on the Spaniard.

However, Hermoso’s high wages are proving to be an impediment to any potential exit. Real Betis’ finances are in a delicate situation while Espanyol also have a modest wage budget. Considering that, they would find it difficult to fully cover the Atletico Madrid star’s wages.

It will be interesting to see whether Hermoso is willing to lower his wages or if Atletico are able to offload Felipe instead, which could allow them to bring Soyuncu to the Metropolitano this month.

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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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