Man Utd, Tottenham and Chelsea are sizing up a move for Atletico Madrid ace Yannick Carrasco, and the player’s release clause could leave Diego Simeone fuming, per a report.
The 28-year-old enjoyed another sparkling campaign in Madrid, bagging six goals and seven assists across all competitions. The Belgian began the season operating primarily in the front three. However, as the campaign wore on, his versatility was on full show when deployed at left wing-back.
The trio are described as already having ‘knocked on the door’ of Atletico. Their intent was to gauge whether a change of scenery for Carrasco this summer was viable.
From Atletico’s perspective, they are dead set on retaining a player who is one of their key assets. Indeed, manager Diego Simeone has reportedly ordered club officials to reject any and all approaches that come.
Carrasco is deemed happy with life at Atletico and could use overseas interest to leverage a better contract out of the Spaniards. His current deal expires in 2024.
Release clause offers hope
However, there is hope for the English vultures in the form of an apparent release clause. AS state Carrasco can be signed if his €60m (£51.5m) clause is activated.
Judging by the tone of reporting, the Premier League sides would still face a task convincing Carrasco to switch sides.
However, the power in the market is firmly with the English sides at present and the offer of significantly increased wages would be difficult to ignore for any player.
Should Carrasco leave this summer, the outlet concludes Simeone will be left with a ‘big problem’ to overcome in his squad.
Carrasco worth a gamble at £51.5m?
Carrasco has rarely put a foot wrong in two spells at the Wanda Metropolitano. Simeone’s reluctance to entertain any offers for his Belgian speaks volumes.
However, the winger is 28 and will turn 29 a month into the new campaign. As such, he is unlikely to retain much sell-on value down the line, making his £51.5m release clause a big commitment to make.
His versatility would seemingly be a better fit for either Chelsea or Spurs. Of the two, a move to Stamford Bridge makes the most sense in our eyes.
Carrasco would be a player to sign for the here and now and Chelsea better fit that mould.
Despite ending the campaign trophy-less, Chelsea did make two domestic finals. They are also only 12 months removed from being crowned Champions League winners.
Carrasco could be that extra piece of quality that gets Tuchel’s side back amongst the silverware next season if signed.