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Manchester United could be offered Atletico Madrid forward in January as Ronaldo replacement

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As per a sensational report from Deportes Cuatro, superagent Jorge Mendes could offer wantaway Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix to Manchester United in the January transfer window as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Things are not going too well for the 37-year-old megastar at Old Trafford, who is in the news after being dropped from the squad by manager Erik ten Hag for refusing to come on as a substitute and leaving the stadium during the game against Tottenham.

Having tried to force an exit during the summer, Ronaldo will once again look to leave Manchester United in the January window. While the Red Devils are believed to be open to letting him go, they are unlikely to do so without signing a replacement.

And that is where superagent Mendes steps in. In order to get Ronaldo out of his predicament at Old Trafford, he could offer another of his clients, Joao Felix, as a replacement to Manchester United.

Like Ronaldo in Manchester, Felix is unhappy in Madrid and is seeking an exit due to his lack of game-time and falling out with manager Diego Simeone. PSG, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are said to have shown an interest in signing the 22-year-old in the winter.

Manchester United have held an interest in Felix since he burst out onto the scenes at SL Benfica. The Red Devils reportedly made attempts to sign the Portuguese international this past summer as well and were supposedly ready to offer as much as €130 million.

And, Mendes might look to take advantage of that and free both of his clients from their respective purgatories. Felix gets to leave Atletico, while Ronaldo would be free to leave Manchester United, who would be getting a replacement for their club legend.

As for Ronaldo’s destination, the 37-year-old was shockingly linked with a move to Atletico Madrid in the summer. But Simeone has ruled out the possibility of such a move materialising. A switch to the MLS could be an option, with Inter Miami FC said to be interested.

Whether Atletico would be open to selling Felix midway through the campaign would be another question, given that they appeared reluctant to do so in the summer.

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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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