Atletico Madrid’s summer transfer window was considerably different compared to their closest rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The Catalans invested more than €150 million this summer to buy seven players, while Los Blancos acquired Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger for a combined €100 million.
Diego Simeone’s side, still severely suffering financially, could only bring in Sergio Reguilon on loan, Axel Witsel on a free transfer, Samuel Lino for €6.4 million, and finally Nahuel Molina for €19.8 million.
While Witsel has settled in nicely, Lino has already departed on loan to Valencia. Reguilon, currently injured, is yet to make his debut. However, it’s Molina who has been concerning.
In light of the same, MARCA have reported Atleti’s possible interest in signing Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian is unlikely to extend his contract with Bianconeri and as quoted by the outlet, Diego Simeone likes the idea of signing him.
In fact, this rumour is far from surprising. The player was linked to Atletico in the past, and is tailor-made for Simeone’s system.
Cholo likes to use wide midfielders or wingbacks instead of out-and-out wingers, which fits perfectly in line with Cuadrado. While the veteran started out as a winger, he has been playing as a full-back or wing-back for Juventus over the last few seasons. Quite successfully so, too.
Available on a free transfer, this move makes sense for all parties. Cuadrado gets his final payday at a top European outfit and Atleti get to acquire a quality, albeit old, player on a Bosman move.
Further, it also helps Simeone add more competition to an underperforming position. Marcos Llorente and Molina have been far from convincing so far, and their inconsistency could push Simeone to pursue Cuadrado in the summer.
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.