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Atletico Madrid make fresh €9 million loan-to-buy approach for French international

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Atletico Madrid are going through some changes in this ongoing January transfer window. Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha were allowed to leave the club while veteran defender Felipe is expected to follow suit.

But the Spanish giants have made some moves in the market. They have roped in Memphis Depay from Barcelona on a permanent deal.

Atletico Madrid are looking to further strengthen their squad, having recently targeted Jonathan Clauss. According to a report from L’Equipe, they have even come up with a fresh offer for the French international.

Atleti have indeed come up with an offer to sign Clauss on loan with a purchase option worth €9 million. They want to sign the defender as part of their plans to reinforce the right flank, as Diego Simeone looks to use Marcos Llorente higher up the pitch.

Currently plying his trade for Marseille, Clauss is considered one of the finest full-backs in Ligue 1. He made his name at RC Lens, racking up 18 assists in 74 competitive matches before joining Marseille in the summer.

Clauss has continued his solid performances at Marseille, registering seven assists in 16 league matches. He has even won six caps for the French national team and appears to have attracted widespread interest from top clubs across Europe, including Atletico.

However, luring Clauss from Marseille could be a challenging task for Atleti. The report from L’Equipe suggests that the Rojiblancos’ offer will likely be rejected by the French outfit because the club do not want to get rid of the player so soon after signing him.

Clauss also has a contract until 2025, meaning Marseille have the leverage to demand a higher fee. But as we enter the final phase of the transfer market, it will be interesting to see how things transpire in the coming days.

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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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