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Barcelona target was open to joining Atletico Madrid, €5m wage demands scuppered deal



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Earlier this week, Atletico Madrid completed the signing of Sergio Reguilon on a season-long loan deal. The operation is a dry loan and there is no obligation for Los Rojiblancos to purchase the left-back at the end of the season.

After this move, Reguilon joins a short and elite list of players to have played for both Madrid-based giants. While there were no hurdles in the negotiations with the player, he was reportedly not Atletico’s first choice signing.

According to reports from MARCA, Diego Simeone’s side first contacted Marcos Alonso of Chelsea before Reguilon. Despite being closely linked with a move to Barcelona, the Spaniard was open to playing at Civitas Metropolitano.

However, the move fell apart because of his sky-high demands. Alonso asked for a three-year contract with a net salary of €5 million per season, a proposal considered unaffordable by Atletico.

As of deadline day morning, the left-back is still contracted with the London-based side. However, several reports say that his move to Barcelona is completely done and that the official announcement is just a matter of time.

Last season, the 31-year-old made 28 league appearances for Chelsea, scoring four goals and providing as many assists. Moreover, he averaged just under ten defensive actions per game.

Los Rojiblancos lost Renan Lodi to Nottingham Forest earlier this week, leaving Reinildo Mandava as the only natural left-back. In the absence of options, Simeone has been forced to deploy Saul Niguez in that position too.

With Reguilon’s arrival, that hole has been plugged. It remains to be seen if the manager counts on the new signing as a starter or an option off the bench.

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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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