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Atletico Madrid, Manchester City battling for 18-year-old Serie A defensive prodigy

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As reported by Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City are interested in raiding Serie A side Atalanta for the signing of teenage defender Giorgio Scalvini.

The 18-year-old is a product of the Atalanta youth academy and has been on the club’s books since 2015. Having made his senior debut in October last year, Scalvini has since featured 25 times for La Dea, bagging two goals in the process.

He has played four times this term and netted a solitary goal, which came as a winner against AS Roma just prior to the international break. A centre-back by trade, Scalvini can also play as a defensive midfielder and is held in very high regard in Italy.

And it seems like both Atletico Madrid and Manchester City have been impressed by the bags of potential he possesses. So much so that, the report states that Los Rojiblancos already asked Atalanta about the 18-year-old Scalvini back in August this year.

While it led to nothing, the La Liga heavyweights are continuing to follow up on the Italian prospect and are not prepared to give up on their interest in him as of yet.

Given the injury struggles of Jose Maria Gimenez and the age of Felipe and Stefan Savic, Diego Simeone’s side need to inject some new blood into their defensive line and someone like Scalvini can be an asset for the present and the future.

What makes him an even more attractive prospect is that the youngster will be out of contract at the end of the current season. But with Manchester City also interested in signing Scalvini, Atletico could have a tough time landing the defender, who has already earned one cap for the Italian national team.

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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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