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Atletico Madrid emerge as potential contenders to sign Juventus veteran on free transfer

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Atletico Madrid’s summer transfer window was considerably different compared to their closest rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The Catalans invested more than €150 million this summer to buy seven players, while Los Blancos acquired Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger for a combined €100 million.

Diego Simeone’s side, still severely suffering financially, could only bring in Sergio Reguilon on loan, Axel Witsel on a free transfer, Samuel Lino for €6.4 million, and finally Nahuel Molina for €19.8 million.

While Witsel has settled in nicely, Lino has already departed on loan to Valencia. Reguilon, currently injured, is yet to make his debut. However, it’s Molina who has been concerning.

In light of the same, MARCA have reported Atleti’s possible interest in signing Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian is unlikely to extend his contract with Bianconeri and as quoted by the outlet, Diego Simeone likes the idea of signing him.

In fact, this rumour is far from surprising. The player was linked to Atletico in the past, and is tailor-made for Simeone’s system.

Cholo likes to use wide midfielders or wingbacks instead of out-and-out wingers, which fits perfectly in line with Cuadrado. While the veteran started out as a winger, he has been playing as a full-back or wing-back for Juventus over the last few seasons. Quite successfully so, too.

Available on a free transfer, this move makes sense for all parties. Cuadrado gets his final payday at a top European outfit and Atleti get to acquire a quality, albeit old, player on a Bosman move.

Further, it also helps Simeone add more competition to an underperforming position. Marcos Llorente and Molina have been far from convincing so far, and their inconsistency could push Simeone to pursue Cuadrado in 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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