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Atletico Madrid still negotiating with Barcelona for attacker, player open to move – Romano

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The twists and turns in Memphis Depay’s transfer saga just do not end. Both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have their reservations about the move, but it is the Catalan board who seems to be hesitant to commit to his sale.

Initially, the idea was welcomed in Barcelona as it would not only see the outcast depart but also open the door for a reinforcement to arrive. As the days progressed, it came to light that the Catalans were against selling him to Atletico Madrid as they were a direct opposition.

If reports from Fabrizio Romano are to be believed, it is almost certain that Depay will leave Barcelona in January. The decision has been made and the player is eager to try a new experience at a new club.

The forward is willing to join Atletico Madrid, who are the frontrunners in his pursuit. Nothing has been agreed upon between the parties yet, but negotiations better the La Liga giants are already ongoing.

The need for a new forward at the Civitas Metropolitano is real and seen as the top priority. The departure of Joao Felix leaves a void in Diego Simeone’s attack, one that Depay would fill perfectly given his profile.

His contract with the Blaugrana ends in the summer, thus making him available for a subsidised rate in the ongoing window. Yet, the operation may not be as cheap as one expects as Barcelona will only let him go if they recover enough space to sign a replacement.

With close to half the season beyond us, the 28-year-old has played just two games for the Azulgranas in La Liga. His most recent appearance for the club came against CF Intercity in the Copa del Rey, when he recorded one blocked shot and hit the woodwork once in addition to playing four key passes.

Reports suggest the possibility of Yannick Carrasco being included in a possible swap deal with the Dutch international and it remains to be seen if negotiations proceed down that track.

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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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