One Atletico Madrid player who has constantly been linked with an exit from the Civitas Metropolitano this summer is Yannick Carrasco.
While Atletico Madrid seemingly would like to keep hold of the Belgian international, a new update suggests that a potential sale could help the club pull off undoubtedly the biggest transfer of the summer.
As per the latest information provided by journalist Belen Sanchez Garcia (h/t Atletico Universe), if any suitor pays the €60 million release clause fee in Carrasco’s contract, Diego Simeone’s side will initiate their bid to complete a deal for Cristiano Ronaldo.
With the 37-year-old’s desire to leave Manchester United for a club in the Champions League being the worst kept secret in football, there continues to remain an air of uncertainty around his future.
Considering the seasoned veteran played a mere 45 minutes in pre-season for United as well, a lack of match fitness has led to Erik ten Hag starting him in one out of the side’s four Premier League games so far.
Reports aplenty have suggested that Diego Simeone would be open to a move to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, despite his storied spell at Real Madrid and previous animosity towards Atletico Madrid.
However, the possibility of the controversial move coming to fruition all depends on whether any interested party will complete a deal to sign Carrasco.
The likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with the 28-year-old’s signature this summer.
However, as things stand, Carrasco looks increasingly likely to continue at Atletico Madrid and could even sign a new contract. So, even though the Ronaldo rumours continue to circulate, a move to the Metropolitano seems extremely unlikely.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.