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Atletico Madrid lining up move for 29-year-old La Liga striker in January



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According to MARCA, Atletico Madrid have identified Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias as a transfer target for the upcoming January window. However, the signing of the 29-year-old centre-forward will only be feasible if Joao Felix leaves the club.

Atletico are in for a revamp of their attacking unit. Matheus Cunha has already left the club to join Wolves on a loan deal with an option to buy. And Felix could also be on his way out next month, amid interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.

It will open up a void in the attacking department at the Civitas Metropolitano and Atletico Madrid have narrowed in on Borja Iglesias as their desired target to fill that gap.

The 29-year-old has been in good form for Real Betis this season, having scored eight goals and set up two more in 13 La Liga matches. Capped one time by the Spanish national team, the striker was unfortunate to miss out on a call-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is said to be an admirer of Iglesias, who is a pure No. 9. And the Rojiblancos have already made contact with the player’s entourage to gauge their interest in a possible move in January.

Iglesias is being sought to add competition to Alvaro Morata, who is now the only natural centre-forward at Simeone’s disposal following Cunha’s departure.

However, negotiating with Real Betis could be an issue. The striker is contracted with the Verdiblancos until 2026 and they might look to recoup most of the €28 million they invested in him in 2019.

Having established contact with Iglesias’ entourage, the next step for Atletico Madrid is to make a formal approach to Betis. However, for the move to materialise, they must find a way to offload Felix first.

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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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