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Atletico Madrid ‘very interested’ in signing struggling Barcelona attacker – report

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Atletico Madrid made a raid on Barcelona in January to land the signing of Memphis Depay. And they might knock on the doors of the La Liga leaders come summer as SPORT reports that Los Rojiblancos are ‘very interested’ in signing Ferran Torres.

The 22-year-old Spaniard arrived at Spotify Camp Nou in January 2022, signing from Manchester City in a deal worth €55 million plus add-ons.

While he made a bright start to life as a Barcelona player, Torres has seen his prominence in the team decline gradually in the ongoing campaign.

Indeed, the forward has not started a single La Liga match since November, and considering the club’s financial problems, a sale in the summer remains a possibility.

And, Atletico Madrid are understood to be showing an interest in the 22-year-old’s services. The Rojiblancos could be in need of attacking reinforcements next summer as Joao Felix will likely be offloaded permanently while uncertainty looms over Alvaro Morata’s future as well.

Yannick Carrasco, too, is likely to leave, with Barcelona retaining a purchase option worth €20 million for the Belgian international.

Given the situation, Diego Simeone & co. will likely need to rope in a new forward and Torres has seemingly emerged as an option.

But the report from SPORT clarifies that while Torres’ situation at Barcelona is not favourable currently, the forward intends to turn his fortunes around at the club and succeed at Camp Nou.

As of now, the former Valencia forward has no desire to leave the club despite his lack of minutes and wishes to remain at Barça beyond the current campaign. So, whether Atletico Madrid can land the ex-Manchester City ace’s signing remains to be seen.

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  1. Dan Burcea

    February 12, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Atletico Madrid’s interest in Ferran Torres must flatter him, given the bad form he has been showing since he came to Barcelona. Any offer over €30 million should be considered.

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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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