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Atletico Madrid star’s agent to hold fresh talks over exit, Arsenal, Man United keen



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With the January transfer window open for business, the future of Atletico Madrid superstar Joao Felix could be sorted out in the coming days.

The Portuguese international is seeking an exit from the Civitas Metropolitano this winter after having had a falling out with manager Diego Simeone. Talks of an exit have been doing the rounds for months together now but there has been no actual movement as of yet.

Felix’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has been offering his client to clubs in the Premier League and has held talks with teams such as Arsenal and Manchester United in the recent past.

And now, according to Fabrizio Romano, the Premier League clubs are set to hold fresh talks with Mendes as they look to further explore the possibility of a move for Felix this month.

Arsenal are on the lookout for a fresh attacking addition following the injury to Gabriel Jesus which required the Brazilian to undergo surgery.

Given that the Gunners are leading the race for the Premier League title, they want to ensure that they go on to lift the trophy by ensuring there is enough firepower in attack, leading to the interest in Felix.

As for Manchester United, they are looking at the Atletico Madrid superstar as a possible replacement for his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club last month and signed for Al Nassr.

Both clubs have spoken to Mendes in the past and fresh talks are now set to be held imminently as the possibility of a January move is further assessed.

Chelsea are another club that are interested in Felix’s signing. But, as Romano mentions, the Blues are currently focusing on securing a deal for SL Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

PSG, too, had been mentioned as a possible suitor for the Portuguese ace, but Romano claims that the Ligue 1 champions are currently not in the race.

So, it could come down between Arsenal and Manchester United for Felix’s signing, although given how Chelsea have gone about their business, it will be foolhardy to rule them out of the equation completely.

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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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