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Atletico Madrid in advanced talks with Valencia to loan out midfielder – Romano

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As the deadline day of the winter transfer window nears, the market is beginning to get hotter and negotiations faster. Less than a week remains before the window closes, and it is not surprising that Atletico Madrid’s administration are burning the midnight lamp.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Valencia are in advanced negotiations with Atletico Madrid over an immediate transfer of Saul Niguez on loan. Both parties are in a hurry to get things done and the coming days will be crucial.

The 28-year-old has played a very minor role in the Rojiblancos’ dynamics since his return from his loan spell in Chelsea in 2021. With Diego Simeone not considering the Spaniard as a regular in his setup, a departure would do a world of good to the club’s economic situation.

Saul has started just six games for the Colchoneros in La Liga this season. He has just one assist in his 14 league appearances so far and is yet to find the back of the net. Further, he averages just 0.07 key passes per ninety minutes and has not created any big chances. 

In his appearances for the club so far this season, the 28-year-old has primarily played as a left midfielder. However, Simeone has better options in the position and prefers to utilise the services of Yannick Carrasco down that flank.

Los Che wish to loan him until the summer of 2024 and are willing to shell out a significant part of his salary too.

Nacho Sanchis also reports that Valencia are willing to halt their pursuit of signing a winger to accommodate Saul’s loan, while also adding that it could be an 18-month temporary stint. The deal is not simple, but the meeting later today will be critical.

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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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