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Atletico Madrid rival Liverpool, Tottenham for €40m midfielder, player prefers Anfield move



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According to Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, Atletico Madrid are among a host of clubs interested in the signing of Fiorentina midfielder and Morocco’s World Cup hero Sofyan Amrabat. However, the 26-year-old is also being pursued by Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Amrabat has been one of the biggest revelations at the World Cup this year, as he played an integral role in Morocco’s semi-final run in Qatar. The midfielder’s performances have not gone unnoticed with several top teams taking note of his quality.

On top of that, given that his contract with Fiorentina stands to expire in 18 months, clubs are lining up to sign Amrabat in 2023.

Liverpool are said to be one of the clubs showing the strongest interest as Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Amrabat and Jude Bellingham, with the Reds already in the lead to sign the latter. It is even suggested that Klopp has spoken to the agents of Amrabat and will hold further talks in the coming weeks.

At the same time, though, Tottenham Hotspur are also making their moves for the 26-year-old, with Antonio Conte said to be keen, having watched the midfielder in action in Serie A.

Joining the two Premier League clubs in the transfer race are Atletico Madrid. The Rojiblancos will need to add some fresh faces to their roster in the near future with club captain Koke not getting any younger and Geoffrey Kondogbia staring at an uncertain future.

Amrabat himself recently admitted that he is honoured by the links to Atletico Madrid while also admitting he has immense respect for manager Diego Simeone.

However, as per the report, the Moroccan star prefers a transfer to Liverpool, which will come as a blow for Los Rojiblancos.

Fiorentina, for their part, wish to extend Amrabat’s contract but would be open to a sale if an offer of €40 million comes along for the midfielder even in the winter window.

Given Atletico Madrid’s current financial plight, they could very well be considered outsiders in the race for Amrabat.

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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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