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Atletico Madrid interested in signing 20-year-old Bundesliga centre-back in January

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The upcoming January transfer window is set to be an extremely crucial one for Atletico Madrid as they look to resuscitate their drowning campaign.

Considering the club’s financial situation, signing new players will be dependent on their ability to sell some of their current stars. Names like Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha, Felipe, Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Lemar could be moved on to make room for fresh arrivals.

And according to Diario AS, a new centre-back is said to be at the top of the agenda for Atletico Madrid heading into the summer, with Bayer Leverkusen ace Piero Hincapie a player that manager Diego Simeone likes a lot.

The 20-year-old centre-half has been with the Bundesliga club since 2021 when he arrived from CA Talleres. He has quickly become a key part of the setup at Leverkusen and has emerged as one of the most promising young defenders plying their trade in Germany.

Atletico, known for their defensive solidity, have been all over the park at the back this season.

Jose Maria Gimenez continues to be hampered by fitness woes while the likes of Felipe and Mario Hermoso have not been convincing enough. With the former likely to be offloaded in January, a new player could be brought in at centre-back.

Hincapie has a contract with Leverkusen until 2026 and the report indicates that the German club would be open to selling the Ecuadorian international after the World Cup, more so if he has a strong run in Qatar, which could boost up his value further.

But Atletico Madrid’s financial issues mean that they will have to draw a line with regard to how much they are willing to spend on the defender.

Apart from a centre-back, a new right-back is also said to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano due to the struggles of summer signing Nahuel Molina.

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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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