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Atletico Madrid eyeing move for former Barcelona duo in a swap for Felix

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As Joao Felix is nearing the end of his loan tenure with Chelsea, the London-based team is contemplating a swap deal involving the Portuguese and two former Barcelona players, namely, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marc Cucurella, reports Evening Standard.

Chelsea are in the midst of a new managerial appointment and former PSG and Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino seems to be heading to Stamford Bridge. 

As it turns out, the 51-year-old will have a big say in Chelsea’s transfer business, but the immediate future of Joao Felix is still unknown. 

Now, it is no secret that Felix is enjoying life at Chelsea. During his side’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth, where he scored his third Premier League goal, he showed off the Chelsea shirt in excitement as part of the celebration.

For Chelsea to sign Felix on a permanent deal, they must meet Atletico’s asking price of €100m and while they are quite enthusiastic about the Portuguese, they are not ready to splash this kind of fee.

So in order to reduce Felix’s asking price, Chelsea have proposed a swap deal after learning that Atletico Madrid are, in fact, interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marc Cucurella.

As far as Aubameyang is concerned, he has signalled that he wants to rejoin Barcelona in the summer. “I would like to return to Barça too, but we’ll see what happens,” the former Arsenal forward was heard in a live video of a fan on the web.

At the same time, Felix has hinted that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge. So in order to find a middle ground, super agent Jorge Mendes, who supposedly has a great influence in both Atletico and Chelsea’s transfer markets, will largely be involved in the deals.

As of today, talks between Atletico and Chelsea involving Felix, Aubameyang and, increasingly, Cucurella are ongoing and one can expect a firm outcome towards the end of the season.

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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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