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Report: Five players on Atletico Madrid’s radar for next season

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Atletico Madrid have had a mixed season so far, but have undoubtedly been far from their best. Despite making it to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, the defending champions have dropped to fourth place on the league standings.

Looking ahead to next season, Diego Simeone’s side hope for a renovation of their squad. With many players on the wrong side of 30, it is the optimal time to bring in young blood. Fichajes reveal five players who are on Los Rojiblancos’ radar for next season.

The first player on Simeone’s wishlist is Paulo Dybala. The Argentine is on the final year of his contract and does not intend to renew with Juventus. He will be a free agent come June, and the idea of snapping up a player of such high quality without a transfer fee appeals to the Atletico Madrid offices.

In 19 league starts this season, Dybala has scored eight goals and provided five assists for the Bianconeri. He averages 1.5 key passes per game and has created ten big chances.

The other forward Los Rojiblancos are targetting is Darwin Nunez. In just 19 league starts, the Benfica star has 20 goals and two asissts in 2021-22.

The Portuguese side ask €50 million for his signing, which is the only significant hurdle in Simeone’s way. However, Nunez is a player who could replace Luis Suarez and be the team’s next killer striker.

Matty Cash is the third player on the wishlist. The departure of Kieran Tripper has left the team short-staffed at right-back, a void which the Aston Villa player can fill. The Spanish side are prepared to offer up to €40 million to bring in the full-back.

The next reinforcement eyed by the Madrid-based side is in midfield. Santiago Comesaña has been one of Iraola’s fundamental pillars at Rayo Vallecano this season.

The Spaniard’s consistent performances in the middle of the park have not gone unnoticed, and Atletico Madrid are just one of the several teams eyeing his signature. He could be valuable as a replacement for Koke who is now 30 years of age.

The final name on the list is José Campaña. The midfielder has been one of Levante’s better players in a disastrous season had has proven to be reliable defensively too. If the Valencia-based side suffer relegation, Diego Simeone could get his target for a bargain.

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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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