Atletico Madrid will look to capitalize on the winning momentum when they take on Elche away from home at Manuel Martínez Valero on Wednesday, May 11.
For that, Diego Simone has announced the squad list with Mario Hermoso returning back to the team after serving his suspension. The 26-year-old defender, however, is unlikely to displace defenders Jose Maria Jimenez and Stefan Savic in the starting XI.
Furthermore, as it was said before, neither Thomas Lemar nor Joao Felix have made it to the list owing to their respective injuries. The duo is set to miss the remainder of the season.
Despite the notable absentees, the attacking department is pretty much stacked with Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Angel Correa and Matheus Cunha all available for selection.
Diego Simeone is rightly expected to stick to his usual 4-4-2 setup, with Yannick Carrasco and Marcos Llorente taking the wings. The only thing that remains to be seen is the attacking pair that Simeone will pick.
Meanwhile, a win today will mathematically allow Atleti to qualify for the next season’s UEFA Champions League, but Simeone believes the season is far from over.
“The league isn’t finished yet, there are three very important games left,” Simeone told media.
“We are focused on the game against Elche, a team that has competed very well since their coach’s arrival. It will be a tough, difficult game, which we will have to take to where we think we can do damage,” he added.
📋 The Atleti squad list for tonight’s game! pic.twitter.com/8WmlJW8Qci— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 11, 2022
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.