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Atletico Madrid, Tottenham interested in signing Serie A defender for free in the summer



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Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij is set to become a hot commodity in the summer transfer window as he will become a free agent at the end of the season. And, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing the 30-year-old.

This claim comes from Dutch publication Voetbal International, who are reporting that the Netherlands international is not considering an exit in the January transfer window, while an extension with Inter Milan is not off the table either.

Atletico Madrid are in the market for defensive reinforcements following their failings at the back this season. Stefan Savic and Jose Maria Gimenez have struggled with injuries while Felipe and Mario Hermoso have been made available for transfers.

With the latter two expected to leave either in January or in the summer, Los Colchoneros need to bring in reinforcements at the back.

An agreement to sign Caglar Soyuncu from Leicester City on a free transfer is reportedly close. And, Diego Simeone’s side could make an attempt to engineer a similar deal for de Vrij as well, although they will have to face competition from Tottenham Hotspur.

The Premier League giants are managed by Antonio Conte, who worked with the Dutchman at Inter Milan. It could count in their favour when the defender comes down to choosing a new destination for himself in the summer.

De Vrij’s agent, Federico Pastorello recently claimed that he expects many offers for the 30-year-old, while also confirming that a January exit was off the table.

“There will be no shortage of offers. Given his age and his thoughtful character, all aspects are important. February, March is a good time to make certain choices. We are absolutely not thinking of leaving in January,” he said.

De Vrij has been with Inter Milan since 2018 and is one of the most reliable centre-backs in Serie A.

A seasoned campaigner who is adept at playing in a back-four or a three-man defensive unit, he would be a top signing for any club. Whether Atletico Madrid make any moves to snap him up next summer will be interesting to see.

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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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