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Atletico Madrid remain interested in Barcelona forward as lawyer dismisses Serie A talks

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Atletico Madrid remain interested in securing the services of Barcelona forward Memphis Depay, reports Fabrizio Romano, after the player’s lawyer dismissed rumours of a potential move to Inter Milan.

Depay has been on Atletico Madrid’s agenda for the past week or so following the departure of Joao Felix to Chelsea. The 28-year-old has been identified as the ideal replacement for the Portuguese international due to his versatility, experience and availability at a bargain.

However, Barça were initially unwilling to do business with Atletico Madrid as they had reservations about strengthening a direct rival.

But, they would be open to sending Depay to the Civitas Metropolitano if the Rojiblancos offer them Yannick Carrasco in exchange – an operation that the Spanish capital club do not see favourably.

Amidst this, talks of a potential swap deal involving Depay and Inter Milan’s Joaquin Correa started to do the rounds as Barça sought ways to offload the Netherlands international while replacing him with another forward at the same time.

However, Depay’s lawyer, Sebastien Ledure, has quashed those rumours, stating that no discussions are being held for such an operation. As quoted by Romano, he said:

“There are no negotiations ongoing for Memphis to join Inter. I can deny all these links — it’s not a possibility we are discussing.”

This comes as a boost for Atletico Madrid, who still have hopes of signing the former Manchester United forward.

Romano adds that Depay will leave in January and with the Rojiblancos still very much interested, a compromise could be struck between them and Barcelona over a possible transfer in the coming days.

Having parted ways with both Felix and Matheus Cunha this month, Diego Simeone & co. will need to reinforce their frontline. Whether they do that with Depay’s signing or someone else 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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