The trend in football now is to identify young talents early and sign them before they are spotted by other clubs. This strategy is a double-edged sword, for the chance of failure is spectacularly high.
Real Madrid pulled it off rather successfully with Vinicius Jr, and Barcelona with Pedri. Atletico Madrid, too, attempted a similar formula when they signed 20-year-old Marcos Paulo from Fluminese in 2021.
The youngster was catching eyes with his explosive performances in the Brazilian league, and Los Rojiblancos decided to take the chance by signing him.
According to reports from Relevo, however, the decision has not worked well. Diego Simeone has discarded the player from his plans for the coming season, who is now looking for a new club next season.
Paulo was shipped out less than a month after his arrival at Wanda Metropolitano and spent the last year on loan at FC Famalicao. In 24 league appearances, he scored three goals and provided three assists.
The youngster’s loan deal ended just less than two weeks ago, and he has now been asked to pack his bags. It comes as a big surprise as he was never given a chance in the team by Diego Simeone.
The decision seems to be a result of the Portuguese player’s underwhelming loan spell. After starting the season as a starter, Paulo was slowly pushed to the bench because of his inability to create a difference in the final third.
There is no reported interest in the player from Europe, and it is expected that he will make a move back to Brazil in the coming weeks.
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.