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Atletico Madrid forward ‘loved’ by Barcelona president Joan Laporta – report



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Following a poor start to the new season, Joao Felix has once again become a sought-after prospect in the market.

This is thanks to the forward’s solid World Cup campaign. The young attacker played a critical role for a Portugal side that reached the quarterfinals, with the player even racking up one goal and two assists.

Although Portugal suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Morocco in the semifinals, Felix’s performances have not gone unnoticed. A host of Premier League clubs have already sounded out the possibility of signing the player in the upcoming January transfer window.

And according to David Bernabeu Reverter on RadioEstadio Noche, Barcelona are among the clubs who harbour the dream of signing Felix. The club’s president Joan Laporta is ‘in love’ with the Portuguese international.

However, any operation to sign Felix is far from easy from Barcelona’s perspective. The club have struggled a lot with Financial Fair Play rules lately and must reduce a chunk of their wage budget if they are to make new signings in January.

Although the club have come up with plans to generate more revenue next month, the club are simply not in a position to sign Felix.

The Portuguese international had joined Atletico Madrid for a figure of around €120 million and given his age and recent form with the national team, Los Colchoneros have every right to try and recoup most of that amount, if not all.

Apart from Barcelona, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are the other clubs interested in the services of Felix, with the forward himself said to prefer a move to the French outfit.

Although Atleti are open to selling the attacker in January, it remains to seen whether any of the interested parties can come up with the fees to sign the player next month.

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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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