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Atletico Madrid trying to land Premier League defender in January instead of summer



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This past weekend, reports emerged confirming that Atletico Madrid are closing in on the capture of Caglar Soyuncu from Leicester City. The Turkish international is out of contract in the summer and Los Rojiblancos are inching towards finalising a Bosman move.

However, as per the latest reports from MARCA, Atletico Madrid will try and negotiate with Leicester City to sign the defender in the upcoming January transfer window itself.

Soyuncu has been with Leicester City since the summer of 2018 when he arrived from SC Freiburg. The 26-year-old has featured in 125 matches for the Premier League club but has fallen out of favour this season and is set to be on his way out.

Atletico Madrid are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements as they have not been consistent enough at the back.

Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic have struggled with fitness problems while Felipe and Mario Hermoso have been major liabilities. The Rojiblancos are open to offloading the latter two and will listen to offers for them in January.

And they hope to add Soyuncu to the squad in the winter itself rather than waiting until the end of the season to incorporate his signing.

Atletico Madrid worked out a similar deal for Reinildo Mandava in January earlier this year and wish to repeat that tactic with the Turkish international as well.

The report, however, mentions that it will be complicated because he still has six months left on his contract. On top of that, any move for Soyuncu in January could only take place if Felipe leaves the Civitas Metropolitano.

So, unless there is an exit in the defensive department, it is unlikely that the Leicester City centre-half could arrive at Atletico Madrid next month.

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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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