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Atletico Madrid plotting €23 million bid to sign Brazilian midfielder from Premier League club



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Atletico Madrid’s start to the new season has been underwhelming. The Spanish side began their campaign with a dominant win over Getafe but immediately fell prey to Villarreal in the next matchday. Their third game too featured a win over Valencia that was far from convincing.

The squad clearly still has a few holes that remain to be filled. Heading into the final stretch of the transfer window, the attention turns to these voids.

According to reports from Telegraph, Atletico Madrid are trying to sign Douglas Luiz and are preparing an opening bid of £20 million (€23 million). However, Aston Villa are expected to reject the offer as they value the player at a much higher price.

The Brazilian would add an element of depth to Atletico’s defensive midfield which currently has limited options in Axel Witsel and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Last season, the 24-year-old made 34 league appearances for the Premier League club, scoring two goals and providing three assists. He also averaged just under 10 defensive actions per game.

Moreover, Luiz has nine caps for his national team – where he competes for a place alongside the likes of Casemiro, Fabinho and Fred. This is a testament to his quality as a defensive midfielder.

This season, however, Luiz has struggled to get into the starting lineup under Steven Gerrard. Moreover, Villa’s poor start to the season could open the doors for his potential exit.

Los Rojiblancos will have to work hard to seal the deal in the coming hours. With the current €23 million bid likely to be deemed insufficient, it remains to be seen if the club prepare a follow-up offer.

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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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