Conceding eight goals in eight games in La Liga and the Champions League, Atletico Madrid have been porous at the back this season.
While the club are known to have been one of the best defensive teams in Europe under the tutelage of Diego Simeone over the years, the same cannot be said for this current side.
Keeping that in mind, the side from the Spanish capital are tempted to take an unorthodox route to solve their ongoing issues. Hence, Atletico Madrid are preparing to make an audacious attempt to sign Gerard Pique in January, as relayed by SPORT.
The World Cup winner has been Barcelona’s fifth-choice defender this term, playing a mere 90 and 45 minutes each in the league and Europe’s elite competition respectively.
Simeone, however, has no doubts over the quality possessed by the 35-year-old and is keen on his signing, especially after being dissatisfied with the displays put in by Mario Hermoso, Stefan Savic and Felipe, while being aware of Jose Gimenez’s unreliable injury record.
The Argentine coach is believed to be eyeing the presence of a centre-half that can inject leadership to the side and help the club return to the time when they were impregnable at the back.
With both Barcelona and Atleti currently trying to find an agreement over a lower fee for Antoine Griezmann’s eventual permanent move to the Wanda Metropolitano, Simeone aims to also finalise a deal for Pique during the ongoing negotiations.
As for Pique, he could consider a move to Atletico, given his current standing within Xavi’s Barcelona. Los Colchoneros will hope that in the event that the Barcelona icon joins the club, he has a similar impact to Luis Suarez during the 2020/2021 season.
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.