Atletico Madrid named their squad for the trip to Germany as they gear up to take on Bayer Leverkusen in the second Group B encounter of the UEFA Champions League this week.
Jan Oblak has been included in the travelling squad despite there being some doubts over his involvement. But there have been a few exclusions made by manager Diego Simeone due to injuries and fitness issues.
Stefan Savic and Sergio Reguilon have been absent for a while now and are not in the squad flying to Germany. Apart from them, Jose Maria Gimenez is also absent after missing the weekend encounter against Celta Vigo.
Apart from the trio, there is a fresh absentee for Atletico Madrid as Thomas Lemar has also been left out of the list of players flying to Germany for the Bayer Leverkusen encounter.
Reporting on the 26-year-old Frenchman’s absence, journalist Belen Sanchez Garcia has claimed that he has been left out of the squad due to a strong contracture he picked up during the game against Celta Vigo this past Saturday.
Lemar has already missed a game this season due to a muscle injury and will now be unavailable for a crucial tie against Leverkusen away from home.
So far, the Frenchman has played five times in all competitions and has registered one assist. While he is not a certain starter for Simeone, Lemar does add value to the team with his versatile nature and attacking intent.
But the Rojiblancos will have to make do without the ex-Monaco ace at the BayArena.
Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move
Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.
As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.
Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.
But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.
The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.
While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.
The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.
As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.