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Atletico Madrid goalkeeper wanted by Serie A outfit in January – report

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Atletico Madrid could be staring at a busy January transfer window as they look to restructure their squad amidst a difficult financial situation.

A number of player sales are expected with the likes of Matheus Cunha, Joao Felix, Felipe and Mario Hermoso all likely to be on their way out of the Civitas Metropolitano over the next month.

And, another name who could follow the aforementioned stars through the exit doors is backup goalkeeper Ivo Grbic.

Indeed, as per reports in Italy, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, the Croatian goalkeeper is attracting interest from Serie A outfit Salernitana.

Grbic has been with Atletico Madrid since 2020 when he signed from NK Lokomotiva. But the 26-year-old has had to play second-fiddle to first-choice custodian Jan Oblak throughout his stint at the Spanish capital club.

The Croatian ace spent the last season out on loan at LOSC Lille and fared decently, before returning to the Civitas Metropolitano this past summer. He made his La Liga debut for the Rojiblancos this season and has featured five times in all competitions, conceding four goals.

Grbic is set to enter the final 18 months of his contract with Los Colchoneros, who could contemplate a sale to generate some revenue.

And Salernitana have presented themselves as a possible destination for the 26-year-old, who is currently at the FIFA World Cup with the Croatian national team.

The Italian club have lost their first-choice goalkeeper Luigi Sepe to an injury and are on the lookout for a replacement until the veteran star is ready to return, which is where Grbic enters the picture.

The report does not specify whether the Serie A minnows are looking for a loan deal or a permanent transfer. But, as things stand, the Atletico Madrid ace is on the list of possible options prepared by director Morgan De Sanctis.

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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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