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Atletico Madrid will seek more than €100 million for 23-year-old attacker – Romano

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According to Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has made up his mind to leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window as he is ready to experience a new challenge in his career.

Signed from SL Benfica in the summer of 2019 in a deal worth €127 million, Felix has never managed to hit the heights expected of him at the Civitas Metropolitano.

Felix has seen his game-time take a hit this season while his relationship with manager Diego Simeone has completely deteriorated as well.

So much so that, Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin confirmed in a recent interview what the club will listen to offers if they come along for the 23-year-old in the upcoming January transfer window.

Clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain have been credited with an interest in Felix, with his agent, Jorge Mendes, working to find a solution for the Portuguese forward so that he can end his Atletico Madrid nightmare.

And according to Romano, Los Colchoneros will seek a transfer fee of over €100 million for Felix, considering that they had invested so heavily in him three years ago.

However, question marks persist over whether any club would be willing to splash such an amount of money on the Portuguese international, who has not really clicked at the Metropolitano.

Romano adds that Manchester United had last had contact with Atletico Madrid to enquire about Felix back in August.

As for the current interest in the former SL Benfica ace, there is nothing advanced with any clubs and things are likely to pick up pace after the World Cup is over.

Felix’s time in Qatar came to an end yesterday as Portugal were eliminated by Morocco in the quarter-finals. With the World Cup now over for him, the 23-year-old will be hoping to find a resolution over his future, although Atletico’s demands could make things difficult.

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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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