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Atletico Madrid express interest in La Liga playmaker; face competition from Barça

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Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer ahead. With a plethora of players expected to depart, Diego Simeone requires new faces all around the pitch as he looks to rebuild the team in order to once again fight for the title.

One of the players in contention to leave Atletico in the summer is Thomas Lemar. The Frenchman has once again struggled with injuries and form this season. He could be offloaded in the summer as the club look to generate transfer revenue.

According to a report from Diario SPORT, it appears Atletico Madrid have already started the search for a replacement, with Carlos Soler emerging as a top target.

The report suggests Los Colchoneros are one of the clubs in contention to sign the Valencia captain, who is facing an uncertain future at the Mestalla.

Soler’s current contract at the club expires at the end of next season. Valencia are offering him a new deal worth around €2.8 million per year. It is a figure that can be matched by most interested parties.

Soler is willing to pen a new contract out of the love he has for his boyhood club. But he is not quite happy with coach Jose Bordalas and a move away from Mestalla could be in the offing this summer.

A central midfielder by trade, Soler’s vast experience in La Liga and his versatility, creativity makes him an appealing target for Atletico Madrid, as they look to brace themselves for life without Lemar.

However, the Spanish giants could face a few roadblocks in the pursuit of Soler. The player is valued at around €40 million, which is quiet a fortune, given the current state of European football.

Atletico may also face stiff competition from FC Barcelona. The Catalans are more serious about signing Soler, which could make the operation a lot more trickier for Atletico Madrid this 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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