Atletico Madrid’s signing of Memphis Depay from FC Barcelona involved a nominal fee of €3 million. The real cost, however, was hidden in the crypts of the contract.
As part of their bid to sign the Dutch phenom, Atletico Madrid came to a transfer agreement with Barça for Yannick Carrasco. The Belgian is indeed still a Rojiblanco and could don the same colours next season as well. However, Barcelona have the option to sign him for just €15 million come June.
The Catalans, however, are reluctant to shell out that figure and see it to be overkill. Given the Colchoneros’ need to sell players, Barcelona are trying hard to bring down the €15 million price tag.
Barcelona signed Torres from Manchester City for a fee of €55 million in January 2022. However, the Spaniard has struggled to live up to the expectations so far and is merely a bench player under Xavi Hernandez.
The 23-year-old has started only 12 of the Blaugranas’ 30 league games this season and made 26 appearances. In that duration, he has scored four goals and provided one assist.
Carrasco, meanwhile, has three goals and two assists to show in his 28 league appearances this season in addition to 1.1 key passes per game.
Atletico Madrid have held an interest in signing Torres for a while now. And if any party were to win through the potential swap involving the Spaniard and Carrasco, it would be Diego Simeone’s side. After all, the Spaniard is the younger, and more dynamic of the two.
Considering the players’ profiles and transfer values, it would not be surprising if the Catalans demanded a fee in addition to Carrasco for Torres’ signing. The coming weeks could shed more light on the plans at Spotify Camp Nou.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo