People often forget that Yannick Carrasco initially signed for Atletico Madrid in 2015. His first stint at the club ended abruptly when left for China in 2018.
Yet, the Belgian returned to the club on loan in 2020 for an unknown fee and has been a vital part of Diego Simeone’s plans ever since. In fact, he has provided 13 goals and 18 assists since his return to the club.
According to reports from MARCA, Los Rojiblancos have been working with Carrasco’s agent for months now to extend his contract at the club. It is also proposed that the winger’s release clause be hiked from the existing value of €60 million.
While an agreement is not imminent, a renewal would satisfy both parties. Diego Simeone considers the player untouchable and it remains to be seen if the club and Carrasco can agree on the economics.
Last season, the 28-year-old made 34 league appearances for Atletico Madrid in which he scored six goals and provided as many assists.
He was, however, linked to an exit from the club and received interest from the Premier League. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs liked his profile and attempted to lure him away from Madrid, but Carrasco’s priority has been to renew.
If he stays next season, he will face competition from Thomas Lemar and possibly Samuel Lino for a place on the winger. Nevertheless, competition has always been a factor that has pushed the Belgian to greater heights.
Negotiations will continue in the coming days and one could expect a long wait before a final agreement is reached between the parties.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.