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€126 million Atletico Madrid superstar ‘off the agenda’ at Manchester United – report

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According to Dharmesh Sheth on Sky Sports, wantaway Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix is off the agenda at Manchester United and they are already looking at other possible options to reinforce the frontline.

Felix is keen on leaving Atletico Madrid this month, having had a falling out with manager Diego Simeone. Arsenal and Manchester United have been touted as the likeliest destinations for the 23-year-old in the winter window.

Reports even suggested that both the Premier League clubs had held talks with the Portuguese international’s agent, Jorge Mendes. However, Atletico Madrid’s financial demands are proving to be a hurdle in the deal going through.

Los Rojiblancos are understood to be demanding a loan fee of €15 million along with his €6 million gross salary for the second half of the season, with the total package rising up to €21 million for just six months.

Manchester United have seemingly baulked at the demands made by Atletico Madrid and have already begun to look at other possible options to reinforce their frontline following the departure of club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, some reports in Spain suggested that the Red Devils would be willing to land the Portuguese if Atletico Madrid were willing to accept a lower loan fee of €4 million.

Given the outlay that Atletico Madrid made on Felix, they are unlikely to let him leave on the cheap and will look to hold out for their demands.

So, unless the Rojiblancos or Manchester United are willing to compromise, it seems unlikely that Felix will be making his way to Old Trafford this month.

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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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