When Rodrigo de Paul’s desire to leave Udinese came to the fore in July, European giants queued in front of the Italian club’s offices to secure his signing.
It was only after a tough battle that Atletico Madrid got their man at a fee of €40 million, making him a star signing for the team.
Despite making a bright start to his tenure in Spain, the Argentine has not had a prominent role in recent months.
In his last four appearances for Los Rojiblancos, De Paul has only played 148 of a possible 360 minutes. He is no longer a guaranteed starter under Diego Simeone, and rumours of his departure have begun to take over in Spanish media.
According to a report from Fabrizio Romano, though, de Paul has no plans to leave Atletico Madrid this summer despite rumours. He wants to continue under Simeone, and the club reciprocate that feeling.
However, the Italian journalist further reports that Boubacar Kamara’s potential move to the Wanda Metropolitano does not depend on the Argentine’s future.
In 21 starts for Atletico Madrid this season, the 27-year-old has scored one goal and provided one assist. He has created seven big chances and 1.4 key passes per game.
Most recently, he delivered a masterclass against Granada when he played the full 90 minutes. On the night, he provided five key passes, nine crosses and seven long balls in what was a man of the match display.
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.