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Atletico Madrid interested in Inter Milan striker, player does not want to leave

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The one glaring shortcoming in Atletico Madrid’s squad this season is the lack of a seasoned number nine to bring in the goals. Joao Felix, Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann are not natural centre-forwards, while Luis Suarez is no longer the beast he once was.

The club brought in Matheus Cunha in August, but the Brazilian has only managed three starts and is yet to make a goal contribution.

Correa has been Diego Simeone’s best bet this season, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists in 29 league games. Yet, the Argentine’s inconsistency pushes Los Rojiblancos to look for an alternative.

According to reports from Cesar Luis Merlo of TYC Sports, the La Liga Champions have enquired about Lautaro Martinez and wish to sign the Argentine in June.

The 24-year-old recently penned an extension with Inter Milan and has over four and a half years left on his contract. He is delighted with life in Italy and does not consider leaving at the moment.

The only chance for him to depart the club in June is if the Nerazzurri wish to sell him for an economic benefit.

Lautaro was, however, close to joining Barcelona in the summer of 2019 but the transfer collapsed after Inter’s €100 million price tag proved to be out of the Catalan giants’ budget.

Martinez has proven to be one of Serie A’s most lethal strikers over the past few years. His sharp finishing and impeccable positioning make him a valuable asset for his club.

In 27 league starts for Inter Milan this season, the Argentine has 14 goals and two assists. He has also created four big chances and provides one key pass every ninety minutes.

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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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