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Atletico Madrid could sign 26-year-old defender in January on two conditions

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Atletico Madrid’s interest in Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu is a known fact and there are claims that the two are close to an agreement.

It must be remembered that Soyuncu’s contract with the English Premier League side runs until the end of the season, meaning that the initial suggestion for Atletico to acquire him is on a free transfer.

However, Los Rojiblancos are hoping to complete the signing for the Turkish international in January itself, reports Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo. But a move this month will be dependent on two conditions.

To begin with, given the economic situation at the club, Atletico need to offload a defender before the Turk can arrive. In that regard, a certain Felipe is expected to be the most likely casualty. 

It is understood that the 33-year-old Brazilian no longer has a place in Diego Simeone’s plans and the management is ready to get rid of his services.

The Rojiblancos made an unsuccessful attempt to send him to Wolves during the talks for Matheus Cunha. But Turkish side Besiktas are said to be an interested party while a few Brazilian teams are keen too. If not for Felipe, Mario Hermoso could be the victim.

Given that they somehow manage to offload a defender, Atletico Madrid might go for Soyuncu in January. But the second condition for the move to go through is that Leicester City must be willing to accept a very low transfer fee for him. 

Interestingly enough, it will be the same concept that Atletico adapted while signing Reinildo Mandava in January 2021 from Lille. The 28-year-old, who arrived for a fee reported to be around €3 million, has become a regular fixture for Simeone ever since.

Whether Leicester City are willing to accommodate such a request and let Soyuncu leave for a nominal fee will determine whether Atletico can welcome him this month or wait until the summer.

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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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