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Chelsea, Man United, PSG eye January move for Atletico Madrid, loan-to-buy deal possible

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According to journalist Miguel Martín Talavera, Jorge Mendes, the agent of Joao Felix, has informed Atletico Madrid that the forward will be leaving the club in the upcoming January transfer window.

Felix has failed to hit the heights expected of him since joining the Rojiblancos in the summer of 2019 in a deal worth €120 million.

Even though there have been signs of his unlimited potential, the 23-year-old has struggled to fit into Diego Simeone’s system. With his game-time taking a major hit this term and his relationship with the manager getting strained an exit seemed a strong possibility.

On top of that Atletico Madrid’s poor financial situation has only made his departure even more likely, with the Portuguese ace informing the Colchoneros that he will be leaving next month.

Heading into the mid-season trading period, there does not seem to be any shortage of suitors for Felix.

Indeed, the former SL Benfica ace is being courted by several top clubs like PSG, Chelsea and Manchester United, with the latter even having had a bid rejected for him in the summer window.

However, the type of exit operation is yet to be decided upon as the club that signs him will need to consider their Financial Fair Play situation, given that huge sums of money could likely be involved.

Hence, the report suggests that there is a possibility of Felix leaving Atletico on a loan deal until the end of the season, with a mandatory purchase option inserted into the agreement.

Along with Felix, fellow forward Matheus Cunha is also expected to leave Atletico Madrid in January, with an agreement with Wolves reportedly reached.

Los Colchoneros, for their part, have already begun their hunt for replacements which they will need to sign if they end up losing two forwards in the winter window.

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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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