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Atletico Madrid targeting three midfielders to replace Herrera next season



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The coming summer transfer window will be a defining one for La Liga. Not only are Barcelona and Real Madrid expected to make big moves to hasten their transition phases, but Atletico Madrid, too, seem set to bring in reinforcements.

Vacancies in two positions take up the headlines at Wanda Metropolitano, centre-forward and midfield. The latter gains more priority given the confirmed departure of Hector Herrera.

The Mexican international has already signed a pre-contract with Houston Dynamo in the MLS and will join the American side after his current contract ends in June. Needless to say, Los Rojiblancos are expected to go all out to sign a replacement for the veteran in June.

According to reports from Fichajes, Diego Simeone has identified three players who can fill the void created by Herrera’s exit.

Mohamed Camara is the first player considered by the Spanish club. The 22-year-old has started 16 leagues games for RB Salzburg this season, providing two assists in that period. The Mali international is valued at around €25 million, a reasonable fee in today’s market.

The second player, and probably the most strongly linked one, is Boubacar Kamara. The 22-year-old is on the final year of his contract with Olympique Marseille and does not intend on renewing in France.

He is widely seen as the next big defensive midfielder and would be a perfect addition to Simeone’s setup.

The list is rounded off with Portuguese midfielder Xeka. The Lille player is also set to become a free agent in June and has a versatile profile. In 17 league starts, he has already scored twice and has created as many big chances.

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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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