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Atletico Madrid close in on the capture of South American defender – Romano

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Kieran Trippier’s departure in January left a void in Atletico Madrid that seemed difficult to cover. The right-back may not have been the best player in the world in his position, but he did a phenomenal job during his stay at Wanda Metropolitano.

Soon after, Los Rojiblancos signed Daniel Wass as a natural replacement for Trippier. The Danish international joined the club in January but only made one league appearance. By the end of the season, it was clear that he was not a long-term solution for Simeone.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t Fabrizio Romano), Atletico Madrid have finally found their man. The Rojiblancos are closing in on signing Nahuel Molina from Udinese as they look to round up their second transfer of the window.

Talks between the clubs are in the final stages. Moreover, Nehuen Perez will be included as part of the deal, making the move from Spain to Italy.

Last season, Molina made 35 Serie A appearances for Udinese, scoring seven goals and providing two assists. He also averaged close to six defensive actions per game. While his defensive numbers will certainly improve under Cholo, one would expect his impact in the final third to be decisive for Atletico.

Meanwhile, Nehuen Perez spent the last season on loan at Udinese and impressed under Andrea Sottil. He made 19 league starts, averaging over ten defensive contributions per game. It is not surprising that the Italian club wanted to make his signing permanent.

The official announcement of the transfer is expected in the coming days. It remains to be seen if Molina will be available in time for the club’s pre-season game against Numancia later 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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