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Atletico Madrid angry with Barcelona target for refusing to listen to Premier League offers
Yannick Carrasco is very much likely to be on his way out of Atletico Madrid in the summer, amidst interest from FC Barcelona.
The 29-year-old has been on the Blaugrana’s radar since the January transfer window but Atletico refused to sanction an exit during the winter. However, the two clubs came to an agreement over a €15 million buy option for Barça in the summer.
And, according to the latest update from SPORT, Barcelona intend on exercising the buy option for Carrasco in the summer, although they plan on negotiating a lower fee with the Rojiblancos for the Belgian international.
Atletico Madrid, for their part, are said to be angry with Carrasco as he is refusing to listen to offers from Premier League clubs, who are willing to pay more than Barcelona for his services.
Carrasco’s contract with the Colchoneros expires in the summer and as things stand, all signs point towards him leaving this summer.
It has been previously reported that the winger has been frustrated by the club not living up to the promise of offering him an improved contract.
Furthermore, Carrasco’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a very good relationship with Barcelona and had already admitted in January that the former AS Monaco prodigy is looking forward to making the jump to Catalonia.
Fabrizio Romano reported back in February that Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were also keeping tabs on Carrasco ahead of the summer transfer window.
If there is serious interest from those clubs, they would be in a position to outspend Barcelona, meaning more cash in Atletico Madrid’s coffers.
However, the winger is refusing to listen to any other offers at this point even though there is a risk that a move to Barcelona may not materialise at all if their Financial Fair Play problems persist.
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.
This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.
Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.
However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.
The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.
And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.
As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.
With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.
Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.
But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.