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Newcastle United emerges as most likely destination for Atletico Madrid attacker

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Atletico Madrid are stuck in quite a limbo with Joao Felix’s future ahead of next season. The Portuguese, currently on loan at Chelsea, has not performed convincingly enough for them to consider retaining his services on a permanent transfer.

Atletico Madrid are not looking to recover the €130-ish million they paid for him in 2019 from Benfica. They would be happy to get a sum around €80 million as the team is already struggling to come up with a budget for the summer transfer window.

With Felix’s salary on their wage bill, and without the money expected from his departure, Atletico will not be able to adjust much on transfers in the summer. The Portuguese could become a huge problem for the Spanish outfit, and therefore they are looking to offload him quickly.

If Chelsea do not end up signing Felix, the most likely option for him could become Newcastle United, according to Cadena SER.

Newcastle inquired about Felix before his departure to Chelsea, and possibly still hold an interest in his services.

The Magpies are currently sitting in a Champions League spot and already have the money from their new owners that can be invested to sign an expensive player.

Felix signed for Chelsea in the winter transfer window on a six-month loan that did not include an option to buy him. He ended up receiving a red card on his very first appearance for the blues.

Since then, he has scored just two goals for Chelsea, and is yet to register an assist to his name.

He has also lost his place in the starting lineup against Frank Lampard in the last two games, coming off the bench against Brighton & Hove Albion and Real Madrid.

With Chelsea languishing in 11th place after 31 games, Felix has no more than seven games to convince the Stamford Bridge board of what he can bring to the table.

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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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