Atletico Madrid are due for a huge clearout in January, with the club looking to raise money through player sales. Much like Barcelona, they are in huge financial turmoil, with the prospect of selling the club also likely.
Joao Felix is expected to raise upwards of €100 million should Atletico find a buyer for him. Another player looking at a winter exit is striker Matheus Cunha.
The Brazilian has been linked to a fair few clubs over the last couple of windows, including Liverpool, Arsenal, and even Manchester United. However, it seems his next destination is Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Atletico Madrid and Wolves have reached full verbal agreement over a six-month loan move for Cunha. Personal terms have also been agreed upon.
While it is a loan transfer, Atletico have included an obligatory purchase clause into the deal worth nearly €40/50 million.
Cunha is yet to score a goal for Atleti this season in 11 appearances in the league, but has assisted two goals in that time. His minutes, it has to be mentioned, have been limited to substitute appearances, with Diego Simeone only starting him twice so far.
The Argentine manager has preferred the services of Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, and Angel Correa in the team’s strike duo. Joao Felix is the only one behind Cunha in the pecking order, and that too because of personal reasons.
Atletico bought Cunha from Hertha in 2021 for €26 million, and could potentially double the profit they made on him as early as the summer of 2023.
It also gives them more space in the wage bill and the chance to reinforce their team without having to sacrifice on quality due to financial constraints.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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