With the January transfer window underway, Atletico Madrid are looking at potential changes to their roster. The attacking unit is likely to need reinforcements as Matheus Cunha has already departed and Joao Felix could soon be on his way out as well.
Depending on how the Portuguese’s situation pans out, the Rojiblancos will enter the market for a new striker and Real Betis goalscorer Borja Iglesias has emerged as a key target for the club.
Reports suggest that manager Diego Simeone appreciates the 29-year-old Spaniard, who has been a consistent source of goals for Los Verdiblancos, having netted eight goals in 15 La Liga matches this term.
Now, according to MARCA, Atletico Madrid could use academy product Manu Sanchez as a potential makeweight to engineer a player-plus-cash deal for Iglesias.
Given that the striker is contracted with Real Betis until the summer of 2026 and they splashed a large sum on his signing, the Seville-based side will likely demand a big transfer fee for their striker.
And Atletico plan to lower that amount by offering Sanchez as part of the operation. The left-back is currently on loan at CA Osasuna, where he has become a regular in the starting XI and set up three goals in 14 matches in all competitions.
While he is greatly appreciated by the officials at Atletico, Real Betis are also interested in Sanchez, as a replacement for Alex Moreno, who is set to complete a transfer to Aston Villa imminently.
The 22-year-old youngster is also attracting strong interest from German outfit VfL Wolfsburg apart from Real Betis. However, Osasuna will have a say over his next move as they need to decide whether they are willing to terminate his loan deal this month or keep him at the club.
Sanchez’s contract at Atletico Madrid runs until 2027. Should Osasuna agree to end his loan spell, the left-back could end up moving to Real Betis as part of a deal that would see Borja Iglesias arrive at the Civitas Metropolitano.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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