Atletico Madrid were not the busiest in the transfer market this past summer, with the club signing only a few players including Nahuel Molina and Axel Witsel.
Financial constraints have played a key role in the lack of signings. However, according to MARCA, Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta has already started scouring the market for a new signing.
The Italian is particularly looking for a new centre-back, amid uncertainty over the future of some of the star players in the team. Although Stefan Savic and Jose Maria Gimenez are considered indispensable members of the first team, their injury-prone nature has forced the club to keep alternatives at hand.
However, to that end, Felipe is likely playing his last season at the club, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Mario Hermoso, on the other hand, has been subjected to a move away from Wanda Metropolitano in the recent past and there are no guarantees over his future.
It has compelled Andrea Berta to look for newer options in the market. The Atleti sporting director had considered a move for Benoit Badiashile in the summer, but the move did not materialise due to Monaco’s exorbitant demands.
Berta, though, is known for his ability to find cost-effective options in the market. Even in the recent past, the Italian has roped in players such as Reinildo Mandava and Axel Witlsel, both of who have even proven to be valuable options at the heart of the backline for Diego Simeone.
With that in mind, Atletico Madrid have started their search for a new centre-back. They are ideally looking for a young alternative, who can not only add more depth to the defence but also replace Felipe in the coming future.
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.