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Man United unwilling to fork out €18m for the loan signing of Atletico Madrid forward



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According to The Times, Manchester United are uninterested in shelling out the €18 million required to secure the signing of Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix in January.

The 23-year-old Portuguese international has informed the club that he wants to leave in January and the Rojiblancos are happy to accommodate his request and sanction an exit.

Felix’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is already working to secure an exit for him and has been in talks with several Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal.

However, Atletico Madrid are seeking a loan fee of around £8 million (€9 million) for Felix while they also want the club that signs him to pay his entire wages until the end of the season.

As per the report, the total cost of the operation would come up to around £16 million (€18 million). And, Manchester United are said to be unwilling to meet those demands, especially considering that Los Colchoneros are not open to including an option to buy in the loan agreement.

Having parted ways with Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United are in the market for a new striker and would ideally prefer to sign an orthodox No. 9. But should a versatile forward become available for the right price, they will look to make a move, which explains their interest in Felix.

The Red Devils were linked with Dutch ace Cody Gakpo as well, but were beaten to the punch by Liverpool, who have an agreement to sign him from PSV Eindhoven.

As for Felix, the 23-year-old has had a falling out with manager Diego Simeone and is very much likely to leave before the end of next month. But with Manchester United dithering on meeting the financial demands, a move to either Arsenal or Chelsea could become a distinct possibility.

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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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