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Atletico Madrid targeting summer move for Norwich midfielder, West Ham also in race

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According to reports from Daily Mirror (h/t Atletico Universe), Norwich midfielder Gabriel Sara is a target for Atletico Madrid in the summer. Los Rojiblancos must battle it out with interest from the Premier League to win the Brazilian’s signature, as West Ham are also interested.

The 23-year-old midfielder began his professional career in Brazil with Sao Paulo and made his senior debut in 2017. He went on to play 114 games for the South American side, scoring 17 goals in the process.

In July last year, Norwich signed the youngster in a deal involving a €6.7 million base fee. He debuted in the Premier League less than a month after his move and even scored his first goal for the club against Preston North End.

The 23-year-old has become a mainstay for the Canaries ever since, starting 21 games and making 30 appearances in the English League so far. In that duration, he has scored five goals and provided four assists.

To say that Sara’s first season in Europe is a success would be an understatement, for there are already a host of clubs hoping to lure him away come June.

The player best performs as an advanced midfielder, hovering in the spaces behind the forwards. He averages 1.7 key passes per game in the league and has created five big chances for his side. Further, he averages over five defensive actions per game.

The Brazilian’s contract with Norwich does not run out until the summer of 2026. His long-term deal with the Yellows would likely impart a hefty price tag, especially given his consistent performances on the field.

Diego Simeone’s side could use fresh legs in the midfield for next season, and Sara is one of the names prioritised. However, it remains to be seen if the club can convince him to leave England and pay the figure Norwich demands.

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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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