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Atletico Madrid demand €19 million from Barcelona for forward with 11-goal involvements

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According to David G Medina of MARCA, Atletico Madrid will not offer Barcelona any discounts in their pursuit of Yannick Carrasco and will demand that the €19 million fee that was previously agreed be paid in full.

Barcelona secured a preferential buy option for Carrasco as part of the deal that saw Memphis Depay move to Atletico Madrid during the winter window.

There have been different figures reported when it comes to the fee that was agreed for the Belgian between the two clubs. While the larger share of media outlets have reported to be in the range of €15-20 million, some reports suggested that the sum was only €9 million.

However, David G Medina has issued a clarification on the same, stating that Barcelona and Atletico Madrid shook hands on a fee of €19 million for Carrasco’s services.

Recent reports have suggested that the Blaugrana have no desire to pay that fee for the 29-year-old and wish to negotiate a lower fee with the Colchoneros.

However, Atletico Madrid are in no mood to listen to any fresh offers for the winger and will only grant his sale if Barcelona pay the full €19 million that was agreed upon in January.

Carrasco’s current contract with Atleti expires in the summer of 2024, meaning he will be in the final year of his deal this summer. The winger has refused to listen to offers from the Premier League to secure a move to Barcelona, angering Atletico Madrid in the process.

The 29-year-old, who has scored seven goals and set up four more this season, seemingly has his heart set on an exit from the Civitas Metropolitano, but the ball is now in Barcelona’s court and they will have to decide whether they are willing to pay the €19 million fee to sign him or not.

There have been suggestions of a possible swap deal that could see Carrasco and Ferran Torres, an Atletico Madrid target, trade clubs. But the chances of such an operation materialising appear to be extremely slim.

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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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