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Atletico Madrid looking at 22-year-old Portuguese forward as Depay alternative – report

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Atletico Madrid are leaving no stone unturned to sign a high-level replacement for Joao Felix in the ongoing winter transfer market. Though they are in desperate need of a forward, the club remain strong in their position that they will not go overboard.

Barcelona’s Memphis Depay is seen as the best option available at the Rojiblancos’ disposal, but the chances of the deal going through reduce with each passing day.

According to reports from Toni Juanmarti, Atletico Madrid assure that they will not pay a dime for the Dutchman’s signing from Barcelona. Further, if the Catalans continue to place the economic hurdle, they will go after Vitinha from S.C. Braga whom they see as a suitable alternative on loan.

Atletico’s view of not paying for Depay is reasonable in that the player will be a free agent in June. Given his exclusion from Xavi Hernandez’s plans and the mere six months on his deal, the Madrid-based side feel they should be able to sign him for nothing.

However, one cannot fault the Blaugranas’ standpoint either. Since Depay is contractually bound as a Barcelona player, the club have every right to demand a transfer fee for their asset, with the Catalans seeking €7 million or Yannick Carrasco in exchange.

The spotlight now, thus, seems to be shifting onto Vitinha. The 22-year-old Braga centre-forward has been in good nick this term. In 16 Primeira Liga games so far this season, he has been explosive with six goals and three assists in addition to three big chances created.

His contract in Portugal runs until the summer of 2027 and could pose a big hurdle in his acquisition if they wish for a permanent transfer. The combination of two factors will likely inflate his value, even on loan, and it remains to be seen if the Colchoneros are willing to push that far.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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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.

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