Having already shipped off two players to the Premier League in the form of Matheus Cunha and Joao Felix (loan), Atletico Madrid are aiming to finalise the departure of another of their stars to England in the next couple of days.
Indeed, according to Fabrizio Romano, Los Rojiblancos will be in contact with Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in the next 24-48 hours to try and close the sale of Felipe.
The Brazilian defender has fallen out of favour at the Civitas Metropolitano this season and is no longer seen as a part of the plans by manager Diego Simeone.
The 33-year-old has played just four times (283 minutes) across all competitions in the ongoing campaign, indicating where he stands in the manager’s scheme of things.
Discussions about a move to Wolves have been taking place for a while now but a breakthrough has not been achieved.
However, the Colchoneros are hoping to get the sale of the former FC Porto defender over the line in the next 24-48 hours, so that they can create room for the arrival of a certain Caglar Soyuncu.
The Leicester City ace will be a free agent in the summer and has already agreed terms to join Atletico Madrid. However, Romano reports that the La Liga giants wish to bring forward his signing to this month itself and will push for an agreement with the Foxes once Felipe’s exit is sealed.
Having agreed a deal to sign Memphis Depay from Barcelona for around €3-4 million, Atletico might look to strike a similar agreement with Leicester City for Soyuncu as well.
However, for that to happen, Felipe’s exit holds the key and the upcoming negotiations with Wolves over the next couple of days will be crucial in that regard.
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.