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Atletico Madrid have tabled an offer for €20 million-rated Barcelona target



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Girona defender Arnau Martinez has been earning rave reviews for his performances in his debut La Liga campaign this season. And top clubs like Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have taken an interest in the 19-year-old right-back.

In fact, if a report from Mundo Deportivo is to be believed, Atletico Madrid have already held talks with Girona to sign Martinez in the summer and have presented an offer for the youngster already.

Atletico Madrid have Nahuel Molina as their only natural right-back in the squad currently. The Argentine international has not always performed consistently this season, which has compelled Diego Simeone to bank on Marcos Llorente as a makeshift right-back.

But the manager has admitted in the past that he would prefer to utilise Llorente’s services higher up the pitch, which has prompted the club to look for a new right-back.

Marseille’s Jonathan Clauss has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, but they have also identified young Martinez as an option to reinforce the right side of their defensive line.

The report goes on to state that Atletico Madrid have already initiated negotiations with Girona to sign the 19-year-old former La Masia trainee in the summer.

Girona sports director Quique Carcel had flown to the Spanish capital a few weeks ago to discuss the transfer with Los Colchoneros, who are understood to have presented an offer for the right-back, who has a release clause worth €20 million in his contract.

The report also states that Atletico have secured a first refusal on Martinez which means that Girona will have to inform them and give them a chance to match any higher offer that they receive for the right-back.

As such, Martinez’s exit from Estadi Montilivi looks certain in the summer. While Barcelona have an interest in their former academy ace, it seems like Atletico Madrid have taken the lead in the race for his signing as things stand.

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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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