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Atletico Madrid receive boost in January pursuit of Barcelona forward

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Following the exits of Matheus Cunha and Joao Felix in the ongoing transfer window, Atletico Madrid have been forced into the market for attacking reinforcements. And it has led them to the doors of rivals Barcelona, with Memphis Depay emerging as a target.

The 28-year-old forward has fallen out of favour at Spotify Camp Nou this season, making just four appearances across all competitions. And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Barça could be open to an exit, as long as they are financially compensated.

Even if there was an agreement with the Blaugrana, the player’s desire to leave would have been an impediment in Atletico’s pursuit. However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Depay would be open to joining the Rojiblancos this month, handing them a major boost.

It had been previously reported that the Dutchman prefers to leave Barcelona as a free agent in the summer as it would see him benefit more in the financial sense.

Furthermore, the lack of European football on offer at Atletico Madrid could have been another issue in their pursuit of the Netherlands international.

However, Romano is now reporting that Depay would be open to making the switch to the Civitas Metropolitano from Spotify Camp Nou in the ongoing transfer window.

This development will provide a boost to Atleti’s chances of signing him. Negotiations with Barcelona are said to be continuing as the Colchoneros are stepping up their interest in signing Depay, who is also on the radars of Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Newcastle.

The ball seemingly is now firmly in Barça’s court and it is up to them to decide if they want to part ways with Depay this month or keep him until the end of the season.

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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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