One of Atletico Madrid’s biggest problems this season has been in the centre-forward position. Despite the return of Antoine Greizmann, the team has lacked the cutting edge in front of goal.
Luis Suarez no longer has the finishing touch he used to and has not been a regular starter this reason. Matheus Cunha has brought some joy to fans with his exploits in the final third, but there is still the need for an out and out finisher.
Lautaro Martinez has been linked with a move to Diego Simeone’s side for the past few months and would appear to be the perfect candidate. The Argentine has good technique in the final third and an exceptional eye for goal.
According to reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan are open to selling their star this summer if an offer around the €60 million ballpark arrives.
The player is just 24-years-old and could easily play for the next ten years. In today’s inflated transfer market, €60 million could be considered a bargain fee for a player of Martinez’s quality.
The Argentine has started 25 Serie A games for the Nerazzurri this season and has found the back of the net 19 times. In addition, he has also provided five assists and averages a key pass every ninety minutes.
The player recently signed a contract extension with the Italian giants in a deal that sees him in Milan until 2026. Needless to say, his long term contract is the reason for the high price tag attached to him.
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.