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Atletico Madrid looking at three strikers as targets for the January transfer window

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Joao Felix has emerged as one of the most sought-after prospects in the transfer market, with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal already holding talks with his agent over a potential move to the Premier League in January.

With Felix likely to leave Atleti next month, a report from AS suggests that Atletico Madrid have kickstarted their search for a proper replacement.

The club from the capital are primarily studying three options for the time being, with Enes Unal leading the list.

Formerly of Manchester City, Unal has enjoyed moderate success since joining Getafe in 2020. He has racked up 26 goals in 82 matches in all competitions, 16 of which came in La Liga this season.

However, luring Unal away from Getafe will not be easy as the club do not want a soap opera and want any exit deal to be finalised before January 15. It could prove to be tricky for Atleti given that they first have to secure an exit of Felix before making a move for Unal.

On top of that, the 25-year-old is protected by a €40 million release clause and Getafe are unlikely to offer any discounts.

Another option for Los Rojiblancos is Marcus Thuram. The French international is one of the top forwards in the Bundesliga and has racked up ten goals in the German top-flight this season. Known for his pace and power, Thuram could be an excellent replacement for Felix.

However, signing him in January could be tricky as Borussia Monchengladbach have no plans to offload their star striker. The player’s contract expires in the summer, but Atletico are not in a position to play the waiting game.

One more option for Diego Simeone’s team is Borja Iglesias. Atleti have been monitoring the situation of the Real Betis for quite some time now, and the player himself is aware of the interest.

Real Betis, though, might make the operation complex as they consider Iglesias one of the top forwards in La Liga. As such, they are holding out for a premium for the services of the Spaniard, who could be tempted to make the jump to Atletico Madrid.

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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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