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Atletico Madrid hold talks to sign former Barcelona winger in Bosman deal – report

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According to 90 min, Atletico Madrid have held talks with Wolves winger Adama Traore over a possible free transfer in the summer.

Traore, who has prior experience of playing in La Liga, having represented Barcelona in two separate stints, is set to become a free agent in the summer.

The Spanish international’s contract with Wolves expires at the end of the season and as per the report, an agreement over an extension is unlikely to be reached, even though he has been enjoying a decent run under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

And, Atletico Madrid, who are already working to sign another Premier League star in Caglar Soyuncu in a Bosman deal, have now set their sights on a move for Traore as well.

The 27-year-old spent the second half of the last season on loan at Barcelona and played his part in helping them finish as runners-up in La Liga.

However, the Catalans decided against signing him permanently, following which he returned to Wolves. But, Traore struggled for game-time in the early parts of the season back at the Molineux.

Things have improved gradually for him, especially with Lopetegui in charge. In all, he has played 21 league games (998 minutes), scoring and assisting one goal apiece.

Atletico Madrid are very likely to lose Yannick Carrasco in the summer. The Belgian international is a target for Barcelona, who secured a €20 million purchase option for him as part of the deal that saw Memphis Depay join the Rojiblancos in January.

Traore could be seen as a possible replacement for the winger. His ability to operate up the field or as a wing-back, coupled with his pace and physicality, could make him a good fit in Diego Simeone’s side.

It remains to be seen how talks progress between the two parties and whether Traore returns for a third stint in Spain after two spells with Barcelona.

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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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