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Atletico Madrid slap €110 million price tag on Newcastle United-wanted duo



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Since Newcastle United’s takeover by a Saudi owned consortium, the Premier League side have been actively scouting the transfer window. Their laden treasury now gives them the economic freedom to sign quality players irrespective of the transfer fee, and the results are already visible.

Eddie Howe’s side pulled off a late positive run in the league to secure a mid-table finish, thanks to their smart recruitment in January. One of the impact signings in the winter was that of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

However, Newcastle are not done with their business with Los Rojiblancos. Reports have said that the English side are interested in signing Renan Lodi and Yannick Carrasco.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico Madrid are willing to let go of Lodi if an offer of over €40 million is placed on the table. That figure, it seems, would not be a problem for Newcastle.

However, the case with Carrasco is not as clear. The club intend to keep the winger in the squad and will not let him go for a dime less than his release clause of €70 million. The Magpies could well reach that figure, too, if they were interested.

Diego Simeone has cover for Lodi in the form of Reinildo Mandava. The 28-year-old started 15 league games for his side in six months and has been defensively solid, averaging three tackles and two clearances per game.

The two clubs are said to share a good relationship, especially after the recent transfer of Trippier. It is expected that the two clubs will reach an agreement soon over the economics of the two transfers.

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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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