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Atletico Madrid star on Juventus radar for next summer

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Antoine Griezmann has been a hot topic in the Atletico Madrid camp this season. With the club knee-deep in financial turmoil, they have opted to restrict the use of the Frenchman in an attempt to avoid paying €40 million at the end of the season.

This has led to Barcelona seeking legal measures, although Atletico Madrid seem to be on top of things. It could ultimately lead to Barça looking to lower the cost of the operation, in an attempt to offload Griezmann, one way or another.

However, according to a report from MARCA, Barcelona could be handed a lifeline as Juventus, too, are keeping tabs on the attacker.

The report sheds light on Juventus’ approach in the market, even after the club registered a loss of €250 million last financial year. They have already identified a list of players that could strengthen the team ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

Marco Asensio is one of the players targeted by Juve next summer, but the list also includes Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman has a vast experience at the highest level of football. He almost has 450 appearances to his name in La Liga while his contributions to the French national team have been critical over the years, including the nation’s triumph in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Although Juventus remain the outsiders in this transfer saga, they may have an excellent chance of signing the player if Atletico Madrid and Barcelona continue to have disagreements over the terms of the new deal.

Moreover, it appears Griezmann should not have any issues over reducing his wage demands as the attacker is keener on gaining regular game-time. A move to Juventus, to that end, could make perfect sense, especially as the Frenchman looks to revive his career after a disastrous spell at Barça.

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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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