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Atletico Madrid eyeing Liverpool forward as a replacement for Joao Felix – report



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Atletico Madrid loaned out Joao Felix to Chelsea during the January transfer window. Even though the Portuguese international has just played a handful of games for the Premier League, they are interested in signing him permanently at the end of the season.

The Blues have the financial might to meet Atletico Madrid’s valuation of the 23-year-old forward and should they do make a play to sign Felix permanently, Los Rojiblancos have already lined up a possible replacement for their loanee.

Indeed, according to the Mirror (h/t AS). Atletico Madrid have their sights set on Liverpool superstar Roberto Firmino as a potential candidate to replace Felix and bolster their frontline in the summer transfer window.

Firmino has been with Liverpool since 2015 when he arrived from TSG Hoffenheim. The Brazilian international flourished at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp and played a key role in the success that they have achieved under the German tactician.

However, in recent times, Firmino’s importance at Anfield has been on the wane, and his contract is also set to expire at the end of the season.

Despite there being suggestions and reports that a new deal could be signed imminently, an agreement is yet to be reached, leading to speculations over his future at the club.

And, Atletico Madrid are understood to be attentive to the situation and have already started contacts with the agents of the Brazilian forward. But, they are set to face competition from the likes of Inter Milan and Juventus in pursuit of Firmino.

A decision on his future is unlikely to be made right away either, so Atletico Madrid might have to wait for a while to learn whether Firmino decides to renew with Liverpool or opts to leave as a free agent.

Along with the Brazilian, Los Colchoneros are also looking at another soon-to-be free agent forward in Marcus Thuram.

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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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