Diego Simeone has problems to fix in his team’s midfield heading into the new season. Rodrigo de Paul has not lived up to his billing so far in the red-and-white colours while Koke’s performances have also been on a steady decline.
To rub salt into the wounds, Hector Herrera has confirmed his departure from the club and Daniel Wass is struggling to adapt to Los Rojiblancos’ system. Needless to say, there are cracks to be filled in the middle of the park.
Earlier this month, Valencia offered the services of Carlos Soler to Atletico Madrid and his signing is becoming more of a possibility with every passing day. However, Ruben Uria of Goal reports that Simeone’s side are in no hurry to negotiate.
The club know that time plays in their favour for the Spaniard’s transfer. Valencia are in an economic crisis and desperately requires the money before June 30th. As it stands, the Madrid based club plan to speed up the negotiations at the end of the month to secure his signing for a fee of around €15 million.
Soler was a bright spark in an otherwise uninspiring Valencia side last season, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists in 28 league starts. However, his departure from the club seems inevitable as he is one of the few players his team can hope to cash in on.
The 25-year-old has just over a year left on his contract and will be a free agent in the summer of 2023. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Napoli are amongst the other top European sides interested in signing the talented midfielder.
Atletico Madrid cannot afford to postpone talks for long as the player has several options on his table.
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.