According to reports from Santi Aouna on FootMercato, Atletico Madrid are looking at a like-for-like Belgian replacement for Yannick Carrasco on the wing, in case their winger ends up leaving.
The player Atleti have in mind is Borussia Dortmund’s Belgian winger Thorgan Hazard, whose contract with Die Schwarzgelben ends in the summer of 2024.
However, not too long ago, reports from German sources highlighted that Hazard was one of 11 players that Dortmund were looking to part ways with this summer, which could mean he becomes an affordable acquisition for Atletico Madrid.
Carrasco remains keen on leaving Spain at the end of this season, having come very close to a departure in the January window. Dortmund, in all likelihood, will be losing the services of Erling Haaland in the summer, which could mean they gear up for a total revamp of the squad.
Los Rojiblancos have previously shown their interest in Thorgan Hazard, and the 29-year-old would be a very similar profile to Carrasco, who has been an important part of Diego Simeone’s side.
It was also reported that part of the overhaul at Dortmund will see them part ways with Reinier Jesus. Reinier will return to Real Madrid, hoping to impress in preseason.
More developments will follow soon in Atletico’s pursuit of Hazard, who has managed six goals and an assist in 14 starts across all competitions this season.
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.