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La Liga Transfer Update: Atletico Madrid Won’t Allow Felix’s Loan Return To Barcelona, Kepa To Return To Chelsea, Rafa Marin, Kroos, Nacho, Joselu Madrid’s Future

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

In the 2024–2025 season, Barcelona’s hopes of bringing Joao Felix back to the team on loan are likely to be dashed after securing his services on the last day of the summer transfer window on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid but prior to the transfer, Los Rojiblancos said that they had decided to extend Felix’s contract as they are still open about his long-term stay in Madrid.

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According to a Diario Sport report, Felix’s loan return will be initially offered by Barcelona in the summer of 2025 with a potential buyout clause although Barcelona needs a flexible financial solution to the problem, but according to Relevo‘s most recent update, Atletico will turn down any meager loan offer.

With a necessary buyout option and a €15 million loan fee, Atletico might be amenable to a loan but they won’t take any further extensions from Barcelona.


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Toni Kroos is still going strong at Real Madrid even though he is 33 years old. In response to the club’s injury crisis, which also took the lives of fellow midfielders Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga, the German international has stepped up dramatically.

Real Madrid still holds Kroos in the highest regard as he doesn’t disagrees with the team’s strategy of not keeping older players. Although it’s unclear at this point whether the player wants to stay, Marca says they still want to offer him a new one-year contract.

Kroos has an open future for the time being. Similar to the previous season, he will make his decision to stay at Real Madrid in the latter part of the year, around March or April.

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In order to get a new central defender during the January transfer window, Real Madrid is negotiating a number of short term agreements with Eder Militao maybe out until 2024–2025 and David Alaba already out for the season following knee surgery, Los Blancos are facing a serious injury issue on the defensive end.

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he is open to bringing in a defensive reinforcement in the mid-season market but the veteran Italian is assessing his options but one rumoured move was a push to bring Rafa Marin back from a season long loan spell at Alaves with the 21-year-old playing a key role in the Basque Country in the opening half of the campaign.

However, there is no clause in his contract to bring him back early and the towering defender has hinted at his desire to stay at Alaves.

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In 2024, Real Madrid will have to make important decisions on two loan players Joselu set to remain at the club next season on a permanent basis.

A clause in Joselu’s contract that allowed him to leave on loan for a €500,000 fee with an ultimate €1.5 million buy option was activated by Espanyol’s relegation but with his performances so far, Real Madrid is happy with him as a plan B attacking option according to sources from Diario AS.

Although there is optimism for Joselu’s future at Madrid, Kepa Arrizabalaga appears destined to return to Chelsea at the end of the current season as the Spanish player finds it difficult to reclaim his starting spot from Andriy Lunin.

In the coming months, Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to switch between the two, with Lunin possibly going on while Thibaut Courtois who is presently injured stays at the top.

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