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Atletico Madrid set to sign Tottenham defender on a loan deal – report

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Atletico Madrid have had a busy January transfer window, notably sanctioning the exit of star players such as Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha.

But to alleviate their losses, the club have been able to sign Memphis Depay from Barcelona. And according to Fabrizio Romano, they are now on the verge of signing another star in the form of Matt Doherty.

Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur over the sale of the right-back. There is no purchase clause included in the contract and the player is set for a medical at Wanda Metropolitano.

Doherty’s arrival at Atleti could serve as a massive boost for coach Diego Simeone, who has had issues with quality in the wider defensive areas.

The Irishman, to that end, could add more competition for the likes of Marcos Llorente and Nahuel Molina, who has not performed consistently all season. Not to mention, the 31-year-old offers vast experience at the highest level of football, having featured in over 100 matches in the Premier League.

He is also quite a flexible fullback, as he can operate on the left hand side, in addition to the right wing-back position – making him a handy asset for Simeone.

Doherty’s arrival at Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, will pave the way for Tottenham to sign Pedro Porro. The former Manchester City starlet was linked with a move to Atleti’s cross-town rivals Real Madrid, but it seems the Spaniard is now set for a move to North London.

As for Atleti, they were linked with a move for other options such as Arnau Martinez, but ultimately had to settle for a move for Doherty. Atleti do have a positive record of signing right-backs from Tottenham, having previously signed Kieran Trippier. But whether or not Doherty can follow in the footsteps of the English international 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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