In a major development, as reported by SPORT, Atletico Madrid have been told to include Yannick Carrasco as part of the deal to sign Memphis Depay by Barcelona.
The Rojiblancos are working on a deal to secure the signing of the Netherlands international to fill the void left by the exits of Joao Felix and Matheus Cunha. While a move looked to be on track, recent reports suggested that the transfer could collapse due to Barça’s reluctance to strengthen a direct rival.
But it seems like there has been a major development behind the scenes in the past few hours as the Catalans are now willing to go ahead with the Depay operation if they can get the services of Carrasco in exchange.
The report states that Barcelona director Mateu Alemany has put the name of the Belgian international as part of an exchange deal for Memphis, with manager Xavi Hernandez also said to be in approval of the operation.
Carrasco is said to have grown upset with Atletico Madrid due to alleged failed promises over a new contract, with reports suggesting that he would be open to an exit in January.
With Barcelona now proposing a possible exchange, it will certainly be interesting to see whether the Belgian winger pushes for a move.
As for Atletico Madrid, they would be open to a potential player exchange, having reportedly offered Thomas Lemar, a proposal that was shot down by the Blaugrana.
With Carrasco now being sought in a swap deal, it will be up to Diego Simeone & co. to decide whether they are willing to trade the Belgian international for Depay.
The 29-year-old Belgian is currently sidelined with a muscle problem and is set to miss Atletico’s upcoming game against UD Almeria, while he is also a doubt for the Copa del Rey encounter versus Levante.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.