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Everton interested in January move for out-of-favour Atletico Madrid defender



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According to the Daily Mail, Everton are showing an interest in securing the signing of Atletico Madrid defender Felipe, who is also on the radars of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Felipe has become out of favour at Atletico Madrid this season, with manager Diego Simeone hardly calling upon his services during matches.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with an exit in the ongoing transfer window, with Wolves being touted as a possible destination for the centre-half.

Negotiations over a deal had been held during the talks over Matheus Cunha’s move, but the transfer had not gone through.

However, recent reports suggest that Wolves remain keen on signing Felipe and could finalise a move soon. But now, Everton have seemingly entered the race to sign the defender.

The Toffees are not in the best of form and are once again staring at the possibility of a relegation battle. Manager Frank Lampard is thus looking for reinforcements in the ongoing transfer window.

However, they might have to clear out some of their players first before hoping to sign anyone this month.

This could give Wolves an advantage, especially considering that they have already laid the groundwork for the deal.

As for Atletico Madrid, they are ready to part with Felipe and are in talks to sign Caglar Soyuncu from Leicester City.

The Turkish international is out of contract in the summer and is keen to join the Rojiblancos. Atletico are hoping to bring him in this month itself rather than waiting until the summer.

But it will depend on whether Diego Simeone’s side are able to offload Felipe.

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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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