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Atletico Madrid keen on Bosman move for Barcelona target, make contract offer



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According to COPE, Atletico Madrid have made a contract offer to Athletic Club defender Inigo Martinez as they look to sign him up on a free transfer this summer.

Martinez is in the final four months of his contract with Athletic Club and has shown no indication about wanting to continue at San Mames beyond the ongoing campaign.

A Bosman move away from the Basque club looks pretty much guaranteed in the summer and it seems like he is not short on suitors.

Barcelona have been linked with a move for Martinez since last year and continue to retain an interest in acquiring his services this summer as well.

But, Atletico Madrid have also emerged as a suitor for the 31-year-old as Diego Simeone looks to bolster his backline before next season.

While Mario Hermoso has turned things around of late, Jose Maria Gimenez’s injury issues are starting to become a concern. And with Stefan Savic’s age and disciplinary issues, it makes sense for the Rojiblancos to bring in a new defender.

Atletico Madrid already look set to sign Leicester City ace Caglar Soyuncu in the summer, also as a free agent, and are now hoping to add Martinez to their roster as well.

To that end, as the report states, the Colchoneros have already made a contract offer to try and beat Barcelona to the punch.

But, it has previously been reported that Martinez is holding out for a move to Spotify Camp Nou and is unlikely to consider any other offers unless the doors to the Catalan club are completely closed.

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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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