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Manchester United baulk at €15m loan fee for Atletico Madrid star, looking at other options



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When one considers Atletico Madrid’s demands for loaning out Joao Felix, it is not difficult to understand why clubs are backing away from the deal.

The Portuguese International is amongst the best young talents in the world despite his relatively subpar spell at Atletico Madrid so far. In the recently concluded FIFA World Cup too, he played a key role for Portugal to help take them to the quarter-final stage.

Yet, a €21 million gross package to sign the player on loan for six months without an option of a permanent purchase is an atrocious asking price.

According to reports from The Telegraph, that very factor has detracted Manchester United’s pursuit of Felix too.

The Red Devils find the €15 million loan fee an unreasonable ask and close to double what they were willing to pay for a winter transfer. The €6 million wages of the player added to that does not help the transaction either.

Thus, Manchester United are now exploring other options, though their interest in Felix has not completely cooled off. The Rojiblancos’ star could still move to Manchester, but it would require a fundamental shift in position from Atletico Madrid.

The 23-year-old has scored four goals and provided three assists in 13 games for Diego Simeone’s side this season, and even scored in their most recent game. In the World Cup too, he found the back of the net once and provided two assists in just four games.

It remains to be seen if the Madrid-based side lower their asking price and prioritise the player’s exit or hold onto him until the right party comes along. Until then, he will continue to be an integral part of the manager’s plans at Civitas Metropolitano.

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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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