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Atletico Madrid join Barcelona, Chelsea in pursuit of Croatian international

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Josip Juranovic was one of the mainstays in the Croatian national team that made it to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Following his impressive displays, the Celtic defender has suddenly become a man in demand in the transfer market.

Indeed, according to Sky Sports, Juranovic has emerged as a transfer target for heavy-hitters like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Chelsea.

Juranovic has been with Celtic since 2021 and has become a household name in Glasgow thanks to his performances for the Hoops. In 50 appearances thus far, he has six goals and three assists for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

The 27-year-old had a good run at the World Cup as well which has put him on the radars of several clubs, including Atletico Madrid.

Los Rojiblancos strengthened the right-back slot in the summer with the signing of Nahuel Molina, who won the World Cup with Argentina. While he has shown signs of potential, Molina has not entirely convinced.

Plus with no viable backup for him, it is understandable that Diego Simeone & co. are monitoring Juranovic.

However, while Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on the Croatian international, the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea could actually make a move for him come January.

The Blaugrana’s pursuit of a new right-back is no secret and Juranovic is on their agenda, although Financial Fair Play issues could stop them from signing him.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have expressed an interest in the Celtic defender following an injury relapse to Reece James which has sidelined him for at least another month.

Celtic, for their part, are keen on keep hold of Juranovic and also planning to hand him a new contract despite his current deal running until 2026. However, with interest rising in him, the Scottish giants are bracing for bids in the winter.

It seems unlikely that Atletico Madrid could make a move for the Croatian even though they are monitoring him. They are focused on recruiting a new No. 9 with Matheus Cunha leaving and Joao Felix also headed for the exit doors.

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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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