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Atletico Madrid ready to offer €3 million per year contract to Colombian midfielder

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Barcelona and Real Madrid continue upgrading their squad with every passing transfer window, leaving behind a third contender who once stood neck to neck with them.

Atletico Madrid have fallen off steeply in the past season and a half, and there is now an urgency at the offices to make amends and reinforce positions of importance. One such key position is that of the defensive midfield.

The defensive midfield position has, for long, been one of the least represented positions on the transfer market. Clubs have been forced to pay exorbitant fees for the services of new players who can operate as a pivot with Real Madrid’s Aurelien Thcouameni being the perfect example.

With Koke now 31 years of age, there is a need to strengthen the position. According to reports from Record Portugal, the club have identified Mateus Uribe as the perfect signing.

The Colchoneros are willing to give the player a contract worth €3 million per season for three years, effectively keeping the player until the summer of 2026.

The Colombian international plays for Porto and has been a regular starter this term for the Portuguese giants. He has started 24 of the 25 games he has participated in and has scored three goals in the process.

With 0.7 key passes per game and two big chances created so far, his attacking output is not elite. As a defensive midfielder, however, it is important to record that the 32-year-old averages over 11 defensive actions per game for his side.

Uribe’s contract with Porto ends in the summer and the player is free to sign a pre-contract with any club of his choice. Flamengo are interested in signing the star and were the favourite to do so until Diego Simeone’s side entered the equation in recent hours.

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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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