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Atletico Madrid told to include disgruntled forward in Depay deal by Barcelona



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In a major development, as reported by SPORT, Atletico Madrid have been told to include Yannick Carrasco as part of the deal to sign Memphis Depay by Barcelona.

The Rojiblancos are working on a deal to secure the signing of the Netherlands international to fill the void left by the exits of Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha. While a move looked to be on track, recent reports suggested that the transfer could collapse due to Barça’s reluctance to strengthen a direct rival.

But it seems like there has been a major development behind the scenes in the past few hours as the Catalans are now willing to go ahead with the Depay operation if they can get the services of Carrasco in exchange.

The report states that Barcelona director Mateu Alemany has put the name of the Belgian international as part of an exchange deal for Memphis, with manager Xavi Hernandez also said to be in approval of the operation.

Carrasco is said to have grown upset with Atletico Madrid due to alleged failed promises over a new contract, with reports suggesting that he would be open to an exit in January.

With Barcelona now proposing a possible exchange, it will certainly be interesting to see whether the Belgian winger pushes for a move.

As for Atletico Madrid, they would be open to a potential player exchange, having reportedly offered Thomas Lemar, a proposal that was shot down by the Blaugrana.

With Carrasco now being sought in a swap deal, it will be up to Diego Simeone & co. to decide whether they are willing to trade the Belgian international for Depay.

The 29-year-old Belgian is currently sidelined with a muscle problem and is set to miss Atletico’s upcoming game against UD Almeria, while he is also a doubt for the Copa del Rey encounter versus Levante.

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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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