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Barcelona keen to incude out-of-favour defender in operation for Atletico Madrid star



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Memphis Depay’s move to Atletico Madrid may have been a bargain deal on paper, but there was a deeper implication engrained into the details of the agreement.

As a virtue of the Dutchman’s move to the Civitas Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid gave the Blaugrana institution a chance to snap up Yannick Carrasco for a bargain fee in the summer. Given Barcelona’s concerning economic situation, it appears to be an offer they will not pass.

The Catalans will need to part ways with only €15-20 million to secure the Belgian’s services in June. According to reports from SPORT, Barcelona are looking to further lower that figure by including USMNT star Sergino Dest in the deal.

The Blaugrana right-back is spending the season on loan at AC Milan after being deemed an outcast by Xavi Hernandez. He has not seen much luck in Italy either, making just eight appearances and two starts in Serie A all season and no goal contributions to show.

World Cup winner Nahuel Molina is the only reliable right-back available to Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. Matt Doherty was signed in January on a six-month deal and is unlikely to remain at the club beyond that.

Thus, the proposition of signing another player for the understaffed position would thus appeal to Los Rojiblancos. And, Dest could be a solution for the club, who have had some degree of interest in him in the past.

Yet, it remains to be seen how much discount the club are willing to offer for Dest’s inclusion. After all, the USMNT defender has seen a steep fall in value over the past two years and is still a raw talent.

Carrasco, meanwhile, has been invaluable to Simeone this season, featuring 26 times in La Liga with three goals and an assist. He has also created four big chances and averages 1.1 key passes per game.

The Belgian international, however, has his heart set on a move to Barcelona. But with Atletico Madrid not in the mood to negotiate a lower fee, it remains to be seen if they accept Dest as a makeweight in the operation.

The negotiation war between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid is gearing up to be a cracker for the 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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