With the transfer deadline not far away, it seems like Atletico Madrid are still not quite done with their business in the summer window.
According to Sky Sports, Los Rojiblancos are among a host of clubs interested in securing the services of Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.
The Brazilian holding midfielder has emerged as a transfer target for Diego Simeone’s side who are looking to add more quality and strength to their squad as they hope to challenge their neighbours Real Madrid for the La Liga title.
Even though Atletico Madrid have signed Axel Witsel this summer, the Belgian is no longer the quality player he used to be a few years ago at Borussia Dortmund. So, signing someone of Luiz’s age and proven pedigree can help the Colchoneros as they would be adding more steel and bite in the midfield.
However, Luiz looks likely to spark a deadline day scramble as some heavy-hitters in the Premier League are also interested in signing the 24-year-old enforcer from Villa.
Indeed, as per the report from Sky Sports, Arsenal and Chelsea are also in the hunt for the signing of the Brazilian international.
The Gunners are forced into the market after injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, while Chelsea are looking for a backup for N’Golo Kante, who is also out with an injury. It has led them to the Aston Villa midfielder, given his experience in the Premier League.
Liverpool, too, have been mentioned as suitors. However, the Reds are unlikely to pursue Luiz as they are close to signing his compatriot, Arthur Melo, from Juventus.
Even if Liverpool are no longer in contention, clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal would be better equipped to hand Luiz a much more lucrative contract than Atletico Madrid. So, the Rojiblancos will have a tough fight on their hands if they wish to sign the midfielder before the summer window slams shut.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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