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Atletico Madrid slap €40 million price tag on striker after Sevilla make late approach

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Stability is a word that can not be found in Alvaro Morata’s dictionary. Throughout his long career, the Spaniard has never found a club to settle at and has been on the constant move from one league to another.

Ahead of the 2022-23 season, it seemed set that the striker would play for Atletico Madrid. In his first league appearance this season, he scored two goals and helped his team to a 3-0 win over Getafe. Yet, his future at the Civitas Metropolitano is far from secure.

According to journalist Sergio Fernandez Sevilla held talks with Atletico Madrid to sign Morata on Tuesday. However, the negotiations did not proceed in the right direction.

The Seville-based side were serious about signing the forward and asked Diego Simeone’s side about his situation. However, Los Rojiblancos demanded a fee of €40 million for Morata’s services, a figure that was impossible for Sevilla to reach.

This is not the first time that Sevilla have tried to sign the Spaniard. In 2019, when the striker was looking for an exit from Chelsea, Los Nervionenses tried to lure him to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Ironically, they lost the race to Atletico Madrid because of financial shortcomings.

As it stands, the 29-year-old’s contract with Los Colchoneros ends in June 2024. It was initially speculated that he would move out on loan again this season, but his renewed relationship with Simeone has helped him earn a second chance at the Spanish capital.

In three league games so far, Morata has played 236 minutes, scoring two goals in the process. Needless to say, he will likely continue as the first-choice striker for the club this season.

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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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