Atletico Madrid were not the busiest in the transfer market this past summer, with the club signing only a few players including Nahuel Molina and Axel Witsel.
Financial constraints have played a key role in the lack of signings. However, according to MARCA, Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta has already started scouring the market for a new signing.
The Italian is particularly looking for a new centre-back, amid uncertainty over the future of some of the star players in the team. Although Stefan Savic and Jose Maria Gimenez are considered indispensable members of the first team, their injury-prone nature has forced the club to keep alternatives at hand.
However, to that end, Felipe is likely playing his last season at the club, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Mario Hermoso, on the other hand, has been subjected to a move away from Wanda Metropolitano in the recent past and there are no guarantees over his future.
It has compelled Andrea Berta to look for newer options in the market. The Atleti sporting director had considered a move for Benoit Badiashile in the summer, but the move did not materialise due to Monaco’s exorbitant demands.
Berta, though, is known for his ability to find cost-effective options in the market. Even in the recent past, the Italian has roped in players such as Reinildo Mandava and Axel Witlsel, both of who have even proven to be valuable options at the heart of the backline for Diego Simeone.
With that in mind, Atletico Madrid have started their search for a new centre-back. They are ideally looking for a young alternative, who can not only add more depth to the defence but also replace Felipe in the coming future.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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