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Atletico Madrid willing to sign Bayern Munich midfielder – report



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Barcelona and Real Madrid’s transfer plans are no secret heading into the June transfer window. Los Blancos eye Kylian Mbappe, while the Blaugranas seem determined to sign a new striker and reinforce the centre-back and left-back positions.

However, Atletico Madrid’s plans are not clear. Los Rojiblancos have been linked with a plethora of players of different profiles. Yet, no link has been strong enough so as to consider the interest genuine.

According to reports from the reliable Christian Falk (h/t Atleti Francia), the Madrid-based club currently eye Bayern Munich’s Marcel Sabitzer as a possible signing in the summer.

The Austrian international plays as an attacking midfielder. Though he prefers to be deployed on the left side of midfield, Sabitzer is dynamic enough to adapt to a central role as well.

This season, the 28-year-old had started only seven league games for Bayern Munich despite appearing in 24. He has played an average of just 37 minutes per league game.

In his 900 minutes, the Austrian has scored one goal, created four big chances, and missed two. However, what could make him a misfit for Simeone’s system is the fact that Sabitzer’s defensive contribution is very minimal, a crime in Atletico Madrid’s philosophy.

Bayern Munich are said to be demanding €15 million for Sabitzer’s transfer. While the fee is not a problem for Los Rojiblancos, they will have to reinvestigate his profile and ensure that the player will fit into the team.

Moreover, the club will have to finalize some departures in the attacking department before signing the Austrian.

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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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