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Atletico Madrid ready to shell out €15 million for Spanish midfielder

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Diego Simeone has problems to fix in his team’s midfield heading into the new season. Rodrigo de Paul has not lived up to his billing so far in the red-and-white colours while Koke’s performances have also been on a steady decline.

To rub salt into the wounds, Hector Herrera has confirmed his departure from the club and Daniel Wass is struggling to adapt to Los Rojiblancos’ system. Needless to say, there are cracks to be filled in the middle of the park.

Earlier this month, Valencia offered the services of Carlos Soler to Atletico Madrid and his signing is becoming more of a possibility with every passing day. However, Ruben Uria of Goal reports that Simeone’s side are in no hurry to negotiate.

The club know that time plays in their favour for the Spaniard’s transfer. Valencia are in an economic crisis and desperately requires the money before June 30th. As it stands, the Madrid based club plan to speed up the negotiations at the end of the month to secure his signing for a fee of around €15 million.

Soler was a bright spark in an otherwise uninspiring Valencia side last season, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists in 28 league starts. However, his departure from the club seems inevitable as he is one of the few players his team can hope to cash in on.

The 25-year-old has just over a year left on his contract and will be a free agent in the summer of 2023. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Napoli are amongst the other top European sides interested in signing the talented midfielder.

Atletico Madrid cannot afford to postpone talks for long as the player has several options on his table.

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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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