Atletico Madrid were among the clubs involved in the race to sign Inigo Martinez. However, it appears the Athletic Club defender is seemingly on the verge of joining FC Barcelona, who had promised to make a move for the defender at the end of the season.
This has forced Atleti to look elsewhere, as Diego Simeone looks to shore up his options in the defensive department.
According to Fabrizio Romano, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, one of the options Atleti are looking at is Victor Lindelof. The Manchester United defender has been targeted as a potential alternative for Inigo Martinez.
Formerly of SL Benfica, Lindelof was once one of Man United’s most significant defensive investments. But in recent years, he has fallen behind the likes of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez in the pecking order.
Lindelof’s receding role in the first team has been made evident by the fact that the Swede has featured in only nine Premier League matches this term, only five of which have been starts.
Atletico Madrid, though, are not deterred by Lindelof’s struggles and are eyeing a move for him in the coming summer. With the defender’s contract at Old Trafford expiring in 2024, the club are sensing a market opportunity to sign the player on a cut-price deal.
Following their poor performances in Europe, Atletico are indeed facing financial difficulties, which may cripple their powers in the market. Someone like Lindelof, therefore, could be an ideal cost-effective option for Los Rojiblancos.
However, Atletico Madrid have no shortage of alternatives in the market. In addition to Inigo Martinez and Victor Lindelof, the club have been linked with a move for Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City, among others. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how things transpire over the coming months.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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