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Atletico Madrid considering swoop for 30-year-old Spanish midfielder – report

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Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy January transfer window as the club look to trim the squad in their attempt to bring in some much-needed revenue.

At the same time, the club are determined to add fresh quality to the squad. As part of their plans, they are targeting a host of talented players across Europe, with Luis Alberto emerging as one of their targets.

This has been reported by Corriere Dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo), which suggests that the club from the capital are closely monitoring the situation of the Lazio star and could make a move for him in the near future.

Formerly of Liverpool, Alberto has been a huge success at Lazio since joining the club in 2016. He has racked up 236 competitive appearances for the club, scoring 44 goals while mustering 62 assists.

A central midfielder by trade, Alberto’s creative brilliance has been key in helping Lazio remain one of the top teams in Italy. But after six years of success, many believe the 30-year-old playmaker could contemplate leaving the club in the near future.

That is where Atletico Madrid come into the fray. The Spanish giants are preparing for a major overhaul in January, with the creative department emerging as one of their major weak points.

However, the report suggests Atleti must offload their star players such as Thomas Lemar and Rodrigo De Paul before they can afford a move for Alberto, who still has a contract at Lazio that does not expire until 2025.

With that in mind, it could be tricky for Atletico to fund a move for the former Liverpool starlet. But at the same time, they are looking to offload both Lemar and De Paul in January, along with Matheus Cunha, and those sales could potentially pave the way for the club to bring in Roberto.

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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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