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Atletico Madrid in talks with Premier League club over the sale of veteran defender

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Joao Felix has made headlines recently for his move to Chelsea on loan. But he will not be the only player to leave Atletico Madrid in this ongoing January transfer window.

According to Fernando Kallas on Sky Sports, Los Colchoneros are now in talks with Wolverhampton Wanderers over the potential sale of Felipe. The veteran defender has fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone this season and is destined to leave the club this month.

The report suggests the two parties are in talks over a deal that may see Felipe join the Wolves within the next few days.

Formerly of FC Porto, Felipe had been a part of the Atleti setup since the summer of 2019. During his time at the club, he has featured in over 100 competitive matches, but only three of them have come in the ongoing campaign.

The veteran has indeed fallen behind the likes of Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso and Jose Maria Gimenez in the pecking order. And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Atleti are determined to get rid of the player in January.

Felipe’s departure is sure to create a void in Atletico Madrid’s defensive unit. But the club are looking to fill the hole by signing a new centre-back this month. They have reportedly set their sights on Caglar Soyuncu.

The Leicester City defender’s contract is expiring in the summer of 2023 and Atletico are understood to have an agreement with the defender. Now they are said to be negotiating with Leicester to bring forward his signing to January instead of waiting until the summer.

As for Felipe, his experience at the highest level of football may aid an otherwise young Wolves defensive line that has conceded 27 goals in the Premier League this season.

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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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