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Atletico Madrid eyeing veteran Barcelona star to reinforce a key position

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With Atletico Madrid in the market for a new left-back heading into the summer transfer window, Mundo Deportivo’s Ferran Martinez is reporting that the Colchoneros are keeping tabs on the situation of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba.

Atletico Madrid will likely be without Reinildo Mandava for the start of the next season as he recovers from his ACL injury while Sergio Reguilon’s loan deal is unlikely to be made into a permanent transfer.

With Yannick Carrasco also staring at an uncertain future, Diego Simeone & co. will need a new player to occupy the left-back/left-wing-back role next season.

Recent reports had suggested that the Rojiblancos had been offered a chance to sign Borussia Dortmund star Raphael Guerreiro for free in the summer.

Now, it is being claimed that Atletico Madrid are also very attentive to the situation of Jordi Alba at Barcelona.

The newly-crowned La Liga champions are looking to offload the 34-year-old Spaniard as his wages are a burden for them while his role has also diminished this season following the emergence of Alejandro Balde.

Alba has shown that he can still offer a lot of value when given minutes, and he remains keen on continuing at Spotify Camp Nou. But with Barça looking to reduce their salary mass, his continuity is far from guaranteed, although he could stay if he agrees to a pay cut.

Either ways, Atletico Madrid are keeping a close watch on the situation surrounding Alba as they could look to move for him if it becomes clear that he will leave Barcelona.

Given that the Blaugrana are interested in signing Carrasco from Atleti, it will be interesting to see if the veteran left-back could enter the operation or if the Rojiblancos insist on receiving full payment for the Belgian international.

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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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