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Manchester United interested in 30-year-old Atletico Madrid striker for January – report



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With Cristiano Ronaldo leaving, Manchester United are scouring the market for a new striker ahead of the January transfer window. And, it has seemingly brought them to the doors of Atletico Madrid.

Indeed, the Premier League giants have been heavily linked with a move for Joao Felix, who is keen on getting out of the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, now, as per reports relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United are also looking at another Atletico Madrid striker in the form of Alvaro Morata as a possible option for the January transfer window.

While Felix is on the agenda at Old Trafford, reports suggest that the Red Devils are unwilling to fork out the €18 million package that would see them land the Portuguese ace on loan until the end of the season.

Manchester United were also keen on Cody Gakpo of PSV, but have been beaten to his signing by arch-rivals Liverpool, forcing them to look elsewhere.

Morata, thus, has now emerged as a possible option for Erik ten Hag’s side following a decent run at the World Cup where he scored three goals for the Spanish national team.

The 30-year-old is seen as an important part of Diego Simeone’s plans at Atletico Madrid. But considering the club’s poor financial situation and the fact that Morata’s contract expires in 2024, the Colchoneros could be open to doing business.

The report adds that Manchester United, at this moment, would only be able to sign players on loan. However, the La Liga outfit will not be interested in a dry loan deal for the Spanish international and would only consider it if it came with a purchase option at the end of the season.

Morata has previously plied his trade in England, playing for Chelsea. He did not have the best of times at the club though and has since been apprehensive about a return to the Premier League.

With Manchester United now looking at the ex-Real Madrid ace as a possible target, it will be interesting to see if there is any movement on this front next month.

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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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