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Atletico Madrid plotting January swoop for Premier League centre-back

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Atletico Madrid are in the market for defensive reinforcements in the upcoming January transfer window, as part of Diego Simeone’s plans to add more quality to the team.

Especially in the central defensive area, the club lack proper quality and assurance. This is mainly because there are uncertainty looming over the future of Mario Hermoso and Felipe whereas Stefan Savic has struggled with injuries.

With that in mind, Atleti are keen on signing another centre-back in January, with Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu emerging as one of the top options.

This has been reported by Diario AS who suggest that Los Rojiblancos are attempting a repeat of ‘operation Reinildo’, who was available for a free transfer at the end of last season, but the club opted to pay a minimal fee to snap him in January.

Reinildo’s investment paid off for Atletico Madrid as the Mozambican has emerged as one of the most consistent performers in the team. The club are now looking to replicate the process for Soyuncu, whose current contract at Leicester City expires at the end of the season.

Formerly of Stuttgart, Soyuncu is a strong centre-back, with a sharp defensive nous and physicality that should make him an ideal fit for Simeone’s style of play. He has no shortage of experience either, having featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City.

With his current contract expiring in 2023, Soyuncu could be available for a cut-price deal in January, thus making him an excellent target for Atletico Madrid.

From a sporting perspective, the Turkish international could prove to become an ideal replacement for Felipe, who has fallen out of favour at Atleti and is all set to leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window.

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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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