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Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona among four clubs interested in 23-year-old full-back



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According to Portuguese publication Record, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are among the clubs vying to sign Sporting CP defender Pedro Porro. Barcelona and Juventus are also said to be interested in the 23-year-old.

Porro has been with Sporting since 2020 when he arrived from Manchester City on a two-year loan deal. The Portuguese club signed him permanently this past summer having been impressed by his performances.

So far, Porro has featured 88 times for Ruben Amorim’s side in which he has netted nine goals and set up 14 more. He has been in good nick this term, registering five assists from 16 matches in all competitions.

While he still has more than two years left on his contract with Sporting, clubs in need of a new right-back are casting admiring glances towards Porro.

Real Madrid have the right-back slot locked down with Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez while they can also sign young Vinicius Tobias permanently as well. However, Vazquez will be 32 by the time the next season starts and will be in the final year of his contract.

Given Carvajal is also 30 and has had injury issues in the recent past, preparing for the future with Porro’s signing could be a shrewd move by Los Blancos.

As for Atletico Madrid, they signed Nahuel Molina in the summer to address their right-back issues, but the Argentine is yet to click. Hence, Diego Simeone could be seeking another player in the position, although the club’s financial problems could hold them back in the race.

Of the clubs mentioned, perhaps Barcelona have the most urgent need for a new right-back. But their finances continue to be a hindrance as well.

Apart from the three La Liga clubs, Juventus are also said to be in the mix to sign Porro, which will certainly make things interesting. Whether either Real Madrid or Atletico launch an attempt for the 23-year-old or look at other targets remains to be seen.

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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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