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Atletico Madrid ready to offload Arsenal, Man United target on loan for €9 million fee

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Joao Felix has become one of the sought-after players in the transfer market, thanks to a solid World Cup campaign.

Although the former SL Benfica starlet did not have the best of starts to the domestic campaign at Atletico Madrid, Felix was one of Portugal’s better performers during the World Cup, even though the European giants fell to a surprise defeat to Morocco in the quarterfinals.

Felix’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, with many clubs across Europe, including Arsenal and Manchester United, already considering the prospect of signing him in the upcoming January transfer window.

Atletico Madrid are a club desperately in need of generating fresh revenue, especially after their shock elimination from European competitions this term. As such, the sale of Felix in January was never out of question, should interested parties come up with Atleti’s valuation.

But according to Duncan Castles, Atletico Madrid are open to sanctioning a loan deal for Felix as well. This could be quite significant as many of the Premier League clubs could prefer signing the Portuguese international on loan before they deduce whether or not the player is a good fit for English football.

However, there is a catch. It appears Atletico Madrid are set to demand €9 million (£8 million) as loan fee, which is half the €18 million amortisation cost for the player.

Along with that, Los Rojiblancos also want the 23-year-old’s entire salary to be paid in full. Furthermore, the loan period would only be until the end of the season, with no added purchase option embedded in the deal.

This type of deal should help Atletico Madrid free up some salary space during the second half of the campaign while offering them a slight economic boost. It could prove to be useful in helping them fund move for new targets in the January transfer window.

However, whether or not any interested parties are willing to meet Atleti’s demands for Felix’s loan deal remains to be seen.

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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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