Atletico Madrid are forecasting major changes in the upcoming January transfer window as they look to trim their squad following the shock elimination from the UEFA Champions League.
Argentine international Rodrigo de Paul is already tipped to leave Atletico Madrid after the end of the FIFA World Cup. But according to Mundo Deportivo, another star player in the form of Jose Maria Gimenez is facing an uncertain future at the club.
One of the longest-serving players in the current setup, Gimenez had been a part of Atletico Madrid since 2013. He has featured in over260 matches for the club, becoming a vital asset at the back, especially after the departures of Joao Miranda and Diego Godin.
However, Gimenez’s spell at Atleti could soon come to an end, with Juventus and AS Roma among the clubs interested in his services.
The report suggests Roma coach Jose Mourinho is a huge admirer of Gimenez, who is known for his aggression and physically robust style of play. The Portuguese mastermind, therefore, wants him as part of his defensive setup at Stadio Olimpico.
Atletico Madrid themselves are believed to be open to a sale for Gimenez in the January transfer window. The Uruguayan international, though, could cost a fortune, with the club valuing him at around €35-40 million.
Such a figure could prove to be challenging for Roma and Juventus, both of whom have been experiencing economic difficulties. But as the clubs look to recover from disappointing starts to the season, they may fancy splurging on a defensive star like Gimenez, who has what it takes to perform at the highest level of football.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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