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Atletico Madrid have contract agreement with Barcelona ace, but want him for free



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Memphis Depay is the ideal target for Atletico Madrid this winter for several reasons.

For starters, his situation at Barcelona sees him completely deprived of minutes. Xavi Hernandez does not see the player in his plans and has kept him on the bench week in and week out.

Further, his profile is exactly what the Colchoneros require after Joao Felix’s departure. Capable of playing both in the spaces behind the striker and as a winger, he offers Diego Simeone tactical flexibility.

According to reports from David G Medina of MARCA, Atletico Madrid and Memphis Depay have a complete contract agreement closed until 2025. The problem, however, is that the Rojiblancos are not on the same page as Barcelona about the details of the transfer.

Simeone’s side do not wish to pay anything for the Dutchman’s acquisition, a proposition the Catalans will not hear of as they want to sign a replacement. Talks over a player exchange involving Yannick Carrasco have been mentioned too, but Atleti rule out that option too.

The understanding at the Civitas Metropolitano is Depay has just six months left on his contract and will be a free agent in June. Given his contractual situation and lack of involvement in Xavi’s plans, they see it just that he arrives on a free move six months early.

Last season in La Liga, the 28-year-old scored 12 goals and provided two assists for the Blaugranas. This season, however, he has only participated in one of Barcelona’s 16 games in La Liga and has found the back of the net once.

Talks are expected to progress at a rapid rate, but it seems clear that Barcelona will not sanction the player’s move without any sort of compensation received.

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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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