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Report: Atletico Madrid have identified two summer transfer targets

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In the ever-inflating market, Atletico Madrid have struggled to make effective signings in recent years. While the impact was initially inconspicuous, the gap between the Rojiblancos and clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid is now sizeable.

There is an urgent need for change at the Civitas Metropolitano, in some departments more than others. The manager has sufficient resources in departments like the wing-back position, but the midfield and central attack remain understaffed.

According to reports from the Relevo, Diego Simeone’s men have identified two primary transfer targets for the summer. The first on the list is World Cup breakout star Sofyan Amrabat and the second is French striker Marcus Thuram.

The Moroccan midfielder rose to prominence in Qatar during the World Cup when he guided his national team into the semifinals and broke record after record in the process. 

His exploits earned him interest from across the globe, and Amrabat was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in January. However, the deal collapsed quickly as Fiorentina refused to sell him in the winter.

Amrabat’s contract with the Italian side lasts until the summer of 2024, meaning that he will be available on the market for a reasonable price come June.

Thuram, meanwhile, plays as a centre-forward for Borussia Monchengladbach and will be available for free in the summer, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old is not one’s traditional striker, for he brings with him a unique skillset including a world of versatility.

In 18 league games for the German side, Thuram has scored ten goals and provided three assists. He averages three shots per game and provides close to one key pass every ninety minutes.

The French international was on Atletico’s agenda for January, but a move did not materialise. However, they remain intent on his signing but will face competition from top clubs across Europe.

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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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