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Chelsea striker on Atletico Madrid’s agenda as they seek attacking reinforcements

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According to AS, Atletico Madrid are looking at several options, including Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to strengthen their attacking unit in the ongoing transfer window.

The Rojiblancos have already bid goodbye to Matheus Cunha and are set to part ways with Joao Felix, who is on the verge of sealing a loan move to Chelsea.

It would Diego Simeone with just Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa as options for the frontline, prompting Atletico to scour the market for reinforcements.

The likes of Enes Unal (Getafe), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Borja Iglesias (Real Betis) have been linked. Apart from them, though, director Andrea Berta is also looking at other options, which include Chelsea striker Pierre-Emeric Aubameyang.

The Gabonese striker returned to England this past summer after a short stint at FC Barcelona. After having netted 12 goals in six months for the Catalans last season, Aubameyang has struggled to replicate the same form at Chelsea.

The 33-year-old has scored just one goal in nine Premier League matches so far and has copped a lot of criticism for his misfiring displays.

The former Arsenal captain was also involved in a controversial moment recently when manager Graham Potter substituted him off against Manchester City in the Premier League after having brought him on earlier in the game.

Following that, Aubameyang was completely left out of the squad for the FA Cup contest against Manchester City, leading to doubts over his future at Stamford Bridge. With Felix’s imminent move, he could be forced out of Chelsea.

And, Atletico Madrid director Andrea Berta, who has the Gabonese striker on the agenda for this window, might look to offer him a way out. Apart from Aubameyang, RB Leipzig’s Andre Silva is also being looked at.

As things stand, Atletico Madrid will need to bring in a new forward before the window closes. Only time will tell whether they move for Aubameyang or a different option to strengthen their frontline.

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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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