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Atletico Madrid want to close defender’s sale to English club in next 24-48 hours – Romano

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Having already shipped off two players to the Premier League in the form of Matheus Cunha and Joao Felix (loan), Atletico Madrid are aiming to finalise the departure of another of their stars to England in the next couple of days.

Indeed, according to Fabrizio Romano, Los Rojiblancos will be in contact with Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in the next 24-48 hours to try and close the sale of Felipe.

The Brazilian defender has fallen out of favour at the Civitas Metropolitano this season and is no longer seen as a part of the plans by manager Diego Simeone.

The 33-year-old has played just four times (283 minutes) across all competitions in the ongoing campaign, indicating where he stands in the manager’s scheme of things.

Discussions about a move to Wolves have been taking place for a while now but a breakthrough has not been achieved.

However, the Colchoneros are hoping to get the sale of the former FC Porto defender over the line in the next 24-48 hours, so that they can create room for the arrival of a certain Caglar Soyuncu.

The Leicester City ace will be a free agent in the summer and has already agreed terms to join Atletico Madrid. However, Romano reports that the La Liga giants wish to bring forward his signing to this month itself and will push for an agreement with the Foxes once Felipe’s exit is sealed.

Having agreed a deal to sign Memphis Depay from Barcelona for around €3-4 million, Atletico might look to strike a similar agreement with Leicester City for Soyuncu as well.

However, for that to happen, Felipe’s exit holds the key and the upcoming negotiations with Wolves over the next couple of days will be crucial in that regard.

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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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