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Atletico set for €50 million boost as Premier League club makes loan deal permanent

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Matheus Cunha has been one of two Atletico Madrid attackers to leave Wanda Metropolitano in the January transfer window.

The forward joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a loan deal, which was to become permanent should certain clauses be triggered.

According to Vene Casagrande (h/t Fabrizio Romano), it appears Wolves have already activated the option to sign Cunha. The deal, believed to be worth around €50 million, becomes permanent after the attacker features in only three official matches for the club.

Cunha’s deal at Wolves will run until 2027, and Wolves’ exercise of the clause comes in the midst of the Brazilian’s brilliant performance against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, even though the club lost in penalties.

Cunha’s exit from Atletico Madrid could serve as a major economic boost for a club that have been reeling from losses, especially after their elimination from European competitions during the first half of the campaign.

Apart from Cunha, Atletico have sanctioned the exit of Joao Felix, too, with the Portuguese international joining Chelsea on a loan deal.

With Cunha and Felix gone, Atleti have kickstarted their search for attacking reinforcements as well, with the club reportedly keen on securing the services of Memphis Depay. The Barcelona attacker has emerged as the ideal replacement option for Felix.

Atleti and Barcelona are already in conversation over Depay’s potential move to Wanda Metropolitano. But there are certain semantics involved that may hinder the progress of the deal, including the fact that Barça are missing out on two of their forwards – Ferran Torres and Robert Lewandowski – through suspension.

Atletico Madrid, though, have no shortage of alternatives in the market and are exploring other options in their bid to replace not only Felix but also Cunha.

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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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