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Atletico Madrid’s January pursuit of Barcelona forward in danger of collapsing



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Memphis Depay’s move to Atletico Madrid seemed to be nearing a stage of total completion recently. However, if the latest reports from Mundo Deportivo are to be believed, the player’s transfer to Civitas Metropolitano has hit a dead end.

According to the Spanish outlet, Barcelona are now having second thoughts about selling the player to a direct rival. The Catalans would prefer if the Dutchman moved to a foreign league in the ongoing transfer window.

While this spells bad news for Atleti, Barcelona’s decision is not one that can be faulted. After all, they do not have the best history in transactions with the Rojiblancos. Moreover, they do not have any replacement in place and are unsure of the FFP situation even if the forward leaves.

The last two times the Blaugranas sold a forward to Atletico Madrid, the respective players won the league title for the Colchoneros. In addition to the sagas of Luis Suarez and David Villa, one recounts how the entire Antoine Griezmann transfer saga unfolded back in 2019 and last year.

As for Depay, the Dutchman is open to leaving Spotify Camp Nou only for a promising project and would be happy to join Atletico Madrid. But if a move does not materialise, he is okay with running down the final six months on the sidelines.

Thus, the Rojiblancos can look to snap up Depay’s services in June regardless as he will be available as a free agent.

The priority for Diego Simeone & co. now will be to look at alternative options to cover the void left by the departures of Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha for they are heavily short-staffed in the forward department. Given the club’s situation, it would not be surprising if they accept a player on a six-month loan spell too.

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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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