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Atletico Madrid want to sign Arsenal target as a free agent next summer



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Earlier this week, Atletico Madrid were reported to be on the hunt for a new midfield option. While Diego Simeone has several options at his disposal to deploy as interiors, there are not many players he can rely on as the pivot.

After a long search, the club identified Douglas Luiz as the ideal signing. The Aston Villa midfielder is seen as the perfect backup to Geoffrey Kondogbia and Axel Witsel, especially given that the latter is not at the world-class level he was a few years ago.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Los Rojiblancos have changed their stance on the situation. The Italian journalist states that Atletico Madrid no longer consider his signing a priority and are looking to make a move for him next summer when he will be a free agent.

However, the story is not that straightforward. Arsenal have come out on the aggressive to sign the Brazilian international in recent hours and have already had one bid rejected.

The player already has an agreement in place with Arsenal over a five-year deal. Yet, Aston Villa are hesitant to let go of Luiz and there is no progress in negotiations between the clubs.

As it stands, the player may not be an Aston Villa player in 24 hours, in which case Atletico Madrid will stop their pursuit. The entire operation now hinges on Arsenal’s second bid which is expected to be close to €30 million.

Last season, the 24-year-old made 34 league appearances in the Premier League, scoring two goals and providing three assists. Moreover, he averaged over seven defensive actions per game.

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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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