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Atletico Madrid eyeing winter raid for Barcelona outcast to replace Joao Felix

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With Joao Felix’s loan move to Chelsea almost complete, Atletico Madrid are scouring the market for a replacement for the Portuguese international.

The Rojiblancos had already bid goodbye to Matheus Cunha and with Felix’s impending exit, their numbers in the attacking unit stand to be depleted.

As a result, Diego Simeone & co. are looking at several possible options to reinforce their frontline. And, according to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari, out-of-favour Barcelona striker Memphis Depay has emerged as one of the targets for Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old Dutchman has fallen down the pecking order at Spotify Camp Nou, making just four appearances so far this season across all competitions, scoring just one goal in the process.

Depay has not featured in La Liga since September, when he picked up an injury. While he has been fit and available for Barça’s last two league outings, Xavi has not opted to call upon the Netherlands international, clearly indicating that he is not favoured at the club.

Depay’s contract with the Catalans expires at the end of the season and this window offers them the final chance to rake in some cash from his sale. There has been interest from Manchester United in the past and now Atletico Madrid have also entered the race.

The Netherlands international can offer versatility and experience at the highest level, while being available on the cheap. It certainly makes him an appealing prospect for the Colchoneros.

However, the lack of European football on offer could prove to be a major impediment in their pursuit of Depay. Furthermore, the 28-year-old has seemingly appeared reluctant to leave Barcelona this month as he desires to depart as a free agent in the summer.

Atletico Madrid have also been linked with Depay’s former Barcelona teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has found things tough at Chelsea and could be a more realistic target for Simeone & co.

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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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