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Manchester United in direct talks with Atletico Madrid striker over summer move

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Atletico Madrid had a smooth start to their La Liga campaign on Monday night with a dominant 3-0 win over Getafe. The hero of the night was Alvaro Morata who scored twice after starting as the striker.

The Spaniard is probably Simeone’s first-choice striker for the upcoming season, especially after he delivered in his very first game back. Needless to say, this comes as bad news for Matheus Cunha.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United have held direct talks with the Brazilian’s agent in the last few days. No agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid, but it is said that Los Rojiblancos are demanding €50 million for his signing.

Given the dire situation the Red Devils are in, it would not be surprising if they agree to pay the inflated asking price too. United have lost both their opening Premier League games this season, including a 4-0 hammering to Brentford.

It remains to be seen if Cunha is open to a move to Ten Hag’s side or prefers to stay and fight for a spot under Diego Simeone. However, it would appear that the latter is a better option.

Last season, the 23-year-old made 29 league appearances for Atletico Madrid, scoring six goals and providing four assists in that duration. He was expected to be the starting number nine this season until Morata’s continuity at the club was all but official.

The Brazilian has a contract in Spain until 2026 and is under no pressure to find a new club. Moreover, there uses little doubt that Simeone trusts him and that he will see many minutes this season.

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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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