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Report: Atletico Madrid eye €50 million-rated Valencia midfielder



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Carlos Soler has become hot property in the transfer market. The 25-year-old is on the market for the first time since his debut in La Liga, and several domestic and international clubs are said to be in the race to sign him.

According to reports from Tribuna Deportiva, Atletico Madrid are also pushing to acquire the player’s services upcoming season. Los Rojiblancos have already contacted the representatives of the player and aspects like the economics and conditions of a transfer have also been discussed.

Atletico Madrid believe that they can sign the Spaniard for a bargain fee of around €20 million. Considering that Valencia initially asked for €30 million for their star, the gap does not seem too much to bridge.

Barcelona posed the biggest threat in the Colchoneros pursuit of the player. However, the Blaugranas’ interest in Soler calmed down in recent weeks and it is said that they are now out of the race.

The 25-year-old can provide the X factor in Diego Simeone’s midfield with his progressive play and eye for goal. His presence will be a welcome addition amidst the recent dull performances of Koke and Rodrigo de Paul.

In 28 La Liga starts last season, Soler scored 11 goals and provided five assists. Further, he scored on International duty in Spain’s recent 2-0 win over Czech Republic.

Simeone’s side will face competition for his signing from clubs like Juventus who continue to be interested. However, it is expected that the player will prefer a move in Spain as he has seen his entire career so far at Valencia.

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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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