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Atletico Madrid told to pay €10 million to sign Barcelona striker this month – report

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With Joao Felix’s loan move to Chelsea all but done, Atletico Madrid are on the lookout for a replacement for the Portuguese forward. And they have seemingly landed on Barcelona star Memphis Depay as one of their preferred targets.

The Netherlands international is no longer an important cog in the scheme of things at Camp Nou. And with his contract expiring in the summer, an exit in January was always on the cards.

There has been interest in the 28-year-old from clubs in the Premier League and Serie A in the past. But Atletico Madrid are understood to be confident about convincing Depay to move to the Civitas Metropolitano.

However, any move will hinge on how talks with Barcelona pan out. As per reports on Tuesday, Los Rojiblancos would prefer a loan deal until the end of the season, but Barça are unlikely to consider offloading him without any financial compensation.

To that end, journalist Jose Alvarez is reporting that the current La Liga leaders are holding out for a fee of €10 million for Depay, as Atletico Madrid look to make their move.

Los Rojiblancos are set to pocket a total of €11 million from Chelsea from the loan deal for Felix. Meeting Barcelona’s demands for Depay would mean reinvesting almost everything they receive from that operation.

Considering that Depay has just six months left on his contract with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid could deem the fees being asked as excessive.

And, they have other options on their radars such as Marcus Thuram of Borussia Monchengladbach, whose contract situation is similar to that of Depay, while Borja Iglesias (Real Betis) and Enes Unal (Getafe) are also on the agenda.

So, it remains to be seen how things pan out between Atletico and Barcelona with regard to the transfer of Depay, with further talks expected to take place this week.

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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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