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Atletico Madrid told to shell out €7 million to sign Barcelona striker; player keen to move



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Atletico Madrid have had a busy January transfer window so far. The club have already sanctioned the exits of Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha, while others are expected to follow suit.

Cunha and Felix’s exit, though, have left a void in the attacking department, prompting the club to look for an attacker. Memphis Depay, for one, has emerged as the transfer priority for Atleti, who are already in talks with Barcelona over the Dutchman.

Fabrizio Romano has recently claimed that Depay is prioritising a move to the Civitas Metropolitano amid speculations linking him to a move to Inter Milan.

Directo Gol have gone on to confirm the report. In fact, the Spanish news outlet claims that the former Manchester United starlet has agreed to join the club in this ongoing January transfer window.

However, Atletico Madrid may potentially face a roadblock in their pursuit of the Dutch international. This is because Barcelona have appeared reluctant in offloading the attacker on a cut-price deal, even though the player’s contract at Camp Nou expires at the end of the season.

Directo Gol suggests Barcelona are looking for a fee of up to €7 million for Depay, which is a fortune given that the attacker only has six months left in his deal.

Quite naturally, Atleti have shown no intention to meet Barcelona’s demands. They are also not open to offering Yannick Carrasco in a swap deal, meaning the two parties could be set for an elongated round of talks as they look to reach an agreement over Depay’s sale.

Barcelona, for their part, might look to delay the negotiations knowing the club are without the services of Robert Lewandowski in La Liga until January 29. With Ferran Torres also serving a suspension, the presence of Depay could be useful for the Catalans in the coming 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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