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Atletico Madrid weighing up a summer move for misfiring Barcelona forward

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After having raided Barcelona for the signing of Memphis Depay earlier this month, Atletico Madrid have set their sights on Camp Nou again as they consider the possible incorporation of misfiring forward Ferran Torres in the summer.

This claim comes from SPORT, who state that Los Rojiblancos are very attentive to the situation of the Spanish international as they are preparing for a major revamp of their attacking unit in the summer.

Atletico Madrid have already parted ways with Matheus Cunha, while they wish to permanently offload Joao Felix in the summer. Thomas Lemar and Alvaro Morata’s continuity at the Civitas Metropolitano beyond this season is also uncertain.

At the same time, there remain doubts over the continuity of Yannick Carrasco as well, with Barcelona retaining an option to sign him for €15-20 million.

Should Barça decide to take up the option to sign the Belgian international, Atletico Madrid intend to move for Ferran Torres in the summer.

The 22-year-old joined the Catalans in January last year in a deal worth €55 million but has failed to deliver on the expectations placed on him.

Goals have dried up for the former Valencia ace recently, leading to question marks over his future. Several clubs have made loan enquiries for Torres this month itself but Barcelona do not wish to entertain any offers at this point.

Xavi and his coaching staff reportedly retain full faith in the former Manchester City ace and they believe he can turn the situation around. But with Barcelona needing a major sale in the summer, Torres could be the one to get the axe if things do not improve.

And, Atletico Madrid are keeping a close eye on the forward’s situation at Camp Nou, ready to swoop in if he is made available for a transfer come summer.

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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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