The final stretch of the transfer window is here, and Atletico Madrid continue to remain in the headlines for various reasons.
Earlier this week, Los Rojiblancos were on the move to secure the signature of Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham Hotspur and were reported to have made rapid progress, after sanctioning a loan exit for Renan Lodi.
Now, the focus turns on Yannick Carrasco. The Belgian International is on the radar of several Premier League clubs, most notably Tottenham, and Los Colchoneros are under pressure to take a stance on his future.
According to reports from MARCA, the Spanish capital club do not have any intention of negotiating the winger’s exit. To all the interested parties, they point to the €60 million release clause and will not accept a dime less.
Carrasco is crucial to Diego Simeone’s plans and has played 153 minutes so far this season in just three La Liga games. It is not surprising that the manager is unwilling to contemplate the Belgian’s transfer.
Last season, the 28-year-old made 34 league appearances for Los Rojiblancos, scoring six goals and providing as many assists in the process. Defensively, he averaged over seven actions per game.
The Belgian’s contract with the club sees him at the Civitas Metropolitano until the summer of 2024. Given that two more years remain on his deal and that he is a regular player under Simeone, Atletico have his situation well under control.
The recent moves of Rodri to Manchester City and Thomas Partey to Arsenal make one believe that Premier League clubs do not mind shelling out a premium for their targets.
Whether the same story repeats itself with Carrasco remains to be seen as Tottenham seem interested in a last-minute swoop for the Belgian international
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.