Atletico Madrid have made it clear that the likes of Joao Felix and Angel Correa are simply untouchable amidst the constant exit rumours, especially regarding the former.
Spanish news outlet MARCA says the club has full confidence in the attacking duo as they remain a key part of the club’s budding project. On top of that, despite struggling to achieve full potential this season, the two are also dearly loved by the faithful.
MARCA describes Felix as one of the greatest bets in the history of the club. After all, the club paid as much as €126 million for the youngster when he switched alliance from Benfica to Madrid.
Three seasons on, and although he has scored 30 goals up until now, he is yet to fulfil the reputation he himself built when playing for Benfica. And as one can suspect, rumours of potential exit have been doing rounds since January.
It’s not too long ago that Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted his team did try to rope in the Portugal forward. The deal was proposed back when Antoine Griezmann made his much-awaited return to Atletico in August 2021.
They still remain interested, though. Reports suggest that Barcelona Laporta is a huge fan of the player and will do his best to bring him in.
Atletico’s reluctance, however, forced Barcelona to settle for a simple loan deal instead.
Injury halting his progress
While there is absolutely no denying the talent Felix possesses, the injury issues he has faced, especially in the ongoing season are doing no good for everyone involved. This season alone, he has missed matches due to an ankle fracture, a muscle injury and COVID-19.
Recently, he confirmed that he will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season through a hamstring injury that he picked during a 2-1 win over Espanyol.
One man’s pain is another man’s pleasure
It’s not to say that Felix’s injury is a blessing in disguise, but this certainly opens the door for Angel Correa to get a constant run-in in the starting XI.
The versatile forward, who has scored 12 goals across all competitions this season, is without a goal contribution in each of his last seven games.
Despite this, however, he has a place in Atletico’s plan for the future, especially since the fact that Luis Suarez will depart at the end of the campaign.
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.