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Atletico Madrid interested in 21-year-old Italian midfielder for next summer



Atletico Madrid have dropped out of all European competitions this season after finishing fourth in their Champions League group.

Ideally, that would help them focus on the league and drive as further up as possible, but the Diego Simeone-led side look like a shadow of their former self right now.

In fact, they have won only three of their last ten games, and are currently winless in the league for the last three games (1D, 2L). They are leaking a ton of goals, too, which is not in line with their reputation over the last decade, or so.

The solutions are not as simple, either. Ridden in financial problems, Atletico do not nearly have the funds to reinforce their team as they would like to. In search of cost-cut alternatives, they are keeping tabs on Torino midfielder Samuele Ricci for next season, as per Mundo Deportivo.

The 21-year-old has been plying his trade with Torino for less than a year at this point, initially arriving from Empoli on loan in January. The two parties struck a permanent deal in the summer.

Ricci has been a sensation in Serie A since his arrival, and has already debuted for the Italian national team in June, against Germany, no less.

Torino paid upwards of €8 million to sign Ricci in the summer, and will not make it easy for Atletico to get their hands on the midfielder. Not to mention, if he continues to play the way he is, right now, more Serie A clubs could enter the race for his services.

One can expect the asking price to reach at least €16-20 million. Until then, Atletico will be looking to put players on the exit ramp in the hopes of raising some money through player sales.

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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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