Even though the January transfer window is still not over, Atletico Madrid are already planning for the summer and have identified RC Lens left-back Deiver Machado as a possible transfer target.
This claim comes from AS, who state that Los Rojiblancos have been closely following the 29-year-old defender and are interested in signing him.
Machado joined Lens in the summer of 2021 and has grown into an important player for the Ligue 1 club. The Colombian ace has particularly shone brightly in the ongoing campaign, helping Lens rise to the second spot in the French top flight.
Machado, thus far, has made 17 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring and assisting one goal apiece.
Playing as a wing-back for Lens, the 29-year-old has displayed his attacking abilities while has been solid defensively as well and is regarded as one of the best left-backs in Ligue 1 at the moment.
And, Atletico Madrid have taken note of the Colombian international and are interested in securing his services.
The Colchoneros parted ways with Renan Lodi in the summer, letting him join Nottingham Forest on loan. While they did bring in Sergio Reguilon on loan from Tottenham, the ex-Real Madrid man has struggled with injuries and could return to England in the summer.
That, coupled with Yannick Carrasco’s links to Barcelona mean Atletico Madrid will likely have to invest in a new left-sided full-back in the summer transfer window.
There has been some interest shown in Ramy Bensebaini of Borussia Monchengladbach, but now Deiver Machado has also emerged as a strong possibility.
But Atletico Madrid will have to battle La Liga rivals Real Sociedad in pursuit of the Lens defender as La Real are also looking at him as a potential replacement for Diego Rico, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
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.