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Atletico Madrid set sights on Bosman move for 25-year-old Arsenal, Liverpool target



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With finances tight, Atletico Madrid will likely delve into the free-agent pool next summer in order to bolster their squad. And, according to AS, the Rojiblancos have identified Borussia Monchengladbach and France forward Marcus Thuram as a possible target for 2023.

The 25-year-old has been with Gladbach for over three years now, having joined the Bundesliga outfit from Guingamp in 2019 and has grown into one of the most dangerous forward in the German top flight.

In 119 appearances for Gladbach, Thuram has netted 41 goals, with 13 of those coming from 17 matches in the ongoing season. The 25-year-old is currently a part of the France squad taking part in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Able to play in multiple positions in the frontline, the French international was being targeted by clubs like Tottenham and Inter Milan this past summer, but a move did not materialise.

However, with his contract with the Bundesliga club expiring at the end of the season, Thuram is expected to move on, with Atletico Madrid emerging as a potential suitor.

Los Rojiblancos could be set for a revamp of their attacking unit in the near future as Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha appear to have no future at the Civitas Metropolitano. Alvaro Morata has not been consistent enough either and additional firepower is needed.

This is where Thuram enters the picture. He has proven to be a reliable goalscorer for Borussia Monchengladbach and would be a free agent in the summer, which appeals to Los Colchoneros.

However, as per the report, Arsenal and Liverpool are also said to be interested in signing Thuram next year while Inter Milan are also said to be considering a swoop for him in January itself.

So, Atletico Madrid will have to be swift in their approach if they wish to convince Thuram to join them next year.

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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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