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Atletico Madrid in advanced talks with Nottingham Forest to offload defender – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid and Nottingham Forest are in advanced talks over the transfer of defender Felipe in the ongoing transfer window.

The veteran centre-half has fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone at the Civitas Metropolitano this season. The 33-year-old has hardly been called upon by the Atletico Madrid manager, with Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Mario Hermoso, and Reinildo Mandava ahead of him.

An exit for Felipe has been talked about for a while now, with the Rojiblancos holding talks with Wolves over a possible move this month. However, those negotiations led to a dead end, leaving the Brazilian in search of a new club.

That is where Nottingham Forest have seemed to entered the picture. The newly-promoted Premier League club have made a whole host of signings in the summer and in the January window as well.

Forest had already done a deal with Atletico Madrid in the summer, signing Renan Lodi on loan. And, they are now also looking to add another centre-half in their bid to avoid relegation, with Felipe emerging as a target.

The report from Romano states that Steve Cooper’s side are now in advanced negotiations with Atletico Madrid to sign the veteran Brazilian defender.

Should the Colchoneros be successful in their attempt to offload Felipe, they could speed up talks with Leicester City to sign Caglar Soyuncu.

The Turkish international has already agreed to join Atletico Madrid when his contract expires in the summer. But in case the Spanish capital club can get rid of Felipe, they plan to bring forward Soyuncu’s arrival.

However, given that their financial situation is far from ideal, Simeone’s side might also need to offload one more player to accommodate the signing of Soyuncu.

Saul Niguez, who was the hero for Atleti earlier today against Osasuna, has been linked with a move to Valencia. His and Felipe’s exit could create room for the Rojiblancos to rope in Soyuncu.

For now, Felipe could be on his way to the Premier League, with Nottingham Forest in advanced talks to sign him up.

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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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