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Atletico Madrid ‘one step away’ from signing Barcelona attacker



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According to David G Medina of MARCA, Atletico Madrid are ‘one step away’ from clinching the signing of Barcelona star Memphis Depay as a replacement for Joao Felix.

The 28-year-old has been identified as the primary target by the Rojiblancos to bolster their frontline following the departures of Felix and Matheus Cunha.

Communication channels with Barça have been open this week, with reports suggesting that the Blaugrana would be open to a sale as long as they receive some monetary compensation in exchange.

Furthermore, Fabrizio Romano reported earlier today that Depay would be open to joining Atletico Madrid.

And now, the aforementioned report from MARCA states that negotiations are moving forward at a rapid pace, and the deal could be closed in the next few days.

The Colchoneros were interested in Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias, but Felix’s loan exit meant that they could not invest heavily in the permanent signing of a new forward. Hence, they decided to press forward in search of a solution for the remainder of the season.

Thus, a move for Depay gained weight within the Atletico Madrid offices as the forward would be available for a move this month due to several factors.

The Dutchman is no longer counted as a regular at Camp Nou and given his contract expires in the summer, the Catalans are open to cashing on him to generate some revenue and cut down on their wage bill.

Two other factors that convinced Atleti to move for Depay are the striker’s know-how of La Liga football, having been at Barça for 18 months, and the relationship between the two clubs.

Despite the tensions between Barça and Atletico due to Antoine Griezmann’s transfer earlier this season, it is said that the two teams share a good relationship.

So, as things stand, negotiations over a deal for Depay are seemingly moving forward at a fast pace and he could soon be an Atletico Madrid player.

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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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