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Stade Rennais set €60 million price tag on Atletico Madrid target – report

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A recent report from Foot Mercato has offered an interesting update on the future of Lovro Majer.

The Stade Rennais midfielder was one of the most sought-after midfielders in Ligue 1 earlier this summer, thanks to his brilliant 2021/22 campaign. Atletico Madrid were among the clubs interested in his services, but the move did not materialise due to financial constraints.

However, even after a month into the new season, Atleti are not ready to give up on their hopes of Majer. As per the report, Los Colchoneros are preparing a swoop for Majer ahead of the January transfer window, with Diego Simeone particularly keen on his services.

The Atletico coach is well aware of Majer’s abilities in the middle of the park and wants to secure his services after the turn of the year.

Formerly of Dinamo Zagreb, Majer has indeed been one of the top performers for Rennes since his move in 2021. He was notably involved in 14 league goals last season, emerging as a creator-in-chief for the French giants.

His performances have not gone unnoticed, with Atletico Madrid prepared to secure the services of the Croatian international, who could prove to be an excellent alternative to the likes of Rodrigo de Paul and Koke.

However, in light of Majer’s tremendous performances in Ligue 1, Rennes are not prepared to offload their Croatian superstar just yet. They are, in fact, holding out for a staggering price tag of €60 million.

It could serve as a massive blow for Atletico Madrid, who were already priced out of a move for the playmaker earlier in the summer. This time though, the club from the capital could consider offloading a few of their star players in order to fund a move for Majer.

But that would depend heavily on how they manage to offload their fringe players. Given that a host of their stars have not performed up to expectations, cashing in on them for the desired fee could prove to be a tricky task for Los Colchoneros in the upcoming January transfer window.

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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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