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Atletico Madrid ‘dream’ of signing Manchester City captain on a free transfer – report

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Atletico Madrid have not been in the best financial position for a while now. And their group-stage elimination from the UEFA Champions League and failure to enter the Europa League means the picture will get further worse.

With the situation being as it is, Los Rojiblancos will likely have to watch their spending in the transfer market and look for free agents to strengthen the roster.

As such, Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan has emerged as a transfer target for Atletico Madrid, with sporting director Andrea Berta ‘dreaming’ of the German midfielder’s signing.

Gundogan has been one of the top performers at the Etihad Stadium for years now and has been critical to the success the Citizens have enjoyed under Pep Guardiola.

However, the 32-year-old’s contract stands to run down at the end of the ongoing campaign and an agreement over an extension is yet to be reached.

Despite being in his thirties, Gundogan is still going strong and Atletico Madrid would be interested in capitalising on the opportunity to land him on a Bosman deal at the end of the season.

However, Los Colchoneros will likely have to compete with some other European heavyweights in pursuit of the veteran star, with Bayern Munich said to be among his suitors. So, for Atleti to stand a chance to sign Gundogan, they would need to make a very impressive contract offer.

Since joining Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund in 2016, Gundogan has gone on to make 270 appearances for the club. The 32-year-old has won four Premier League titles, four League Cups, and an FA Cup during this time.

A seasoned campaigner with still plenty left to offer in the tank, Gundogan can be a useful signing for Atletico Madrid. But with no shortage of suitors for him, it could take a serious offer from Diego Simeone’s side to land him.

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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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