Marcos Paulo of Atletico Madrid is in a situation that is very rarely seen in the world of football. The Portuguese forward is currently on loan at Mirandes of the Spanish second division and is contractually bound with them until June 2023. However, the player has a strange request.
Halfway away through his loan spell, Paulo requested the Atletico Madrid management that he wished to terminate his spell in Spain and move on loan to Brazil where he previously represented Fluminese years ago.
According to reports from GOAL, Sao Paulo are best placed to land the player now and will sign him on a free loan until the end of 2023. The contract will have a purchase clause but the details of the same have not been revealed.
However, the deal benefits Los Rojiblancos in that they will no longer have to shell out a monthly expense for his wages. As per the agreement, the Brazilian club will cover 100% of Paulo’s remuneration until December 2023.
Further, a move to South America would place him in a more competitive league and see him get more minutes, something the Portuguese player is deprived of at the moment. It has seemingly convinced Atletico Madrid to sanction the move, with a permanent purchase clause included.
The 21-year-old only averages 50 minutes per game for Mirandes this season with a total of 13 appearances. In that duration, he has scored one goal and provided two assists.
Atletico Madrid have hopes for him as the future of their forward line. The non-disclosure of the purchase fee leaves the doors open to a possible return, and his experience in Brazil could shape him into the player Diego Simeone requires.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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