Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer ahead. With a plethora of players expected to depart, Diego Simeone requires new faces all around the pitch as he looks to rebuild the team in order to once again fight for the title.
One of the players in contention to leave Atletico in the summer is Thomas Lemar. The Frenchman has once again struggled with injuries and form this season. He could be offloaded in the summer as the club look to generate transfer revenue.
According to a report from Diario SPORT, it appears Atletico Madrid have already started the search for a replacement, with Carlos Soler emerging as a top target.
The report suggests Los Colchoneros are one of the clubs in contention to sign the Valencia captain, who is facing an uncertain future at the Mestalla.
Soler’s current contract at the club expires at the end of next season. Valencia are offering him a new deal worth around €2.8 million per year. It is a figure that can be matched by most interested parties.
Soler is willing to pen a new contract out of the love he has for his boyhood club. But he is not quite happy with coach Jose Bordalas and a move away from Mestalla could be in the offing this summer.
A central midfielder by trade, Soler’s vast experience in La Liga and his versatility, creativity makes him an appealing target for Atletico Madrid, as they look to brace themselves for life without Lemar.
However, the Spanish giants could face a few roadblocks in the pursuit of Soler. The player is valued at around €40 million, which is quiet a fortune, given the current state of European football.
Atletico may also face stiff competition from FC Barcelona. The Catalans are more serious about signing Soler, which could make the operation a lot more trickier for Atletico Madrid this 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.