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Chelsea hold a strong interest in Atletico Madrid striker since the summer



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For the first time in his Atletico Madrid tenure, Diego Simeone looks on the cusp of getting the sack. His team has dropped out of all European competitions this season, and are currently sitting fifth in the league, in genuine danger of missing out on the Champions League.

Not only that, but Atletico are in a rather volatile financial situation as well. They have been unable to make star signings, and will likely offload a majority of their squad in the summer to make way for fresh faces.

One of the players on the cusp of moving out is Joao Felix. The 23-year-old signed for Atleti in 2019 for more than €120 million following Antoine Griezmann’s departure to Barcelona, but has failed to make a lasting impression in the Spanish capital.

According to a report by the reliable Nathan Gissing, Chelsea are one of the parties interested in pursuing Felix’s signature. The Blues have, apparently, held a strong interest in the striker since the summer.

Felix was a subject of heavy European interest over the previous transfer window. In fact, it was reported that Atleti rejected a bid worth nearly €130 million from Manchester United.

The former Benfica man was also asked to comment on those reports, where he suggested that they might be more than just empty rumours.

“Nothing came to me, it’s the presidents. I’m here,” he had said.

Felix has not had the best of seasons so far, with seven of his 12 league appearances coming from the bench. He was said to be on crossroads with Simeone, which left him in the dust for a while.

The Portuguese has scored three goals, and set up three more in La Liga, but more often than not, has looked out of his depth in this massively underperforming Atletico Madrid side.

Colchoneros might be open to selling Felix in the winter, but will not make it easy for any pursuing teams. In fact, one can expect them to demand a price upwards of €100 million for his signature.

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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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