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Atletico Madrid confident of convincing Barcelona star; Man United, Newcastle also keen

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Over the past few hours, the story surrounding Atletico Madrid’s interest in Barcelona outcast Memphis Depay is spreading like wildfire.

The 28-year-old has emerged as a potential target for Los Rojiblancos as a replacement for Joao Felix, who is on his way to Chelsea.

SPORT reported that Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Depay on loan for the remainder of the season, although that option is unlikely to be accepted by Barcelona.

Furthermore, it is claimed that Premier League clubs Manchester United and Newcastle United are also interested in the Netherlands star and are keeping a close watch on the developments.

Felix is on the cusp of completing a loan move to Chelsea for the remainder of the season. His exit will leave Atleti short on numbers in the final third, especially with Matheus Cunha also having left.

Depay has emerged as one of the options, with the report stating that Atletico Madrid wish to take him on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season.

It has previously been suggested that the Dutchman would be reluctant to leave Barça midway through the season, with his contract expiring in the summer.

However, Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Atletico Madrid are confident that they can convince Depay about moving to the Civitas Metropolitano. However, talks with Barcelona on the formula for the transfer will be critical, with negotiations expected to take place this week.

As iterated earlier Atletico Madrid want to take Depay on loan for the remainder of the season. They believe that the Dutchman has adapted to La Liga and would be open to offering him a long-term deal in the summer when he becomes a free agent, if things click.

However, Barça do not want to loan him out and will only consider an operation if Atletico Madrid will offer some compensation fee for the Dutchman.

Meanwhile, with the likes of Manchester United and Newcastle United also in the equation, a deal could be tricky to pull off.

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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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