Atletico’s Carrasco Scouted By European Giants

Football Soccer - Spanish Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Malaga - Vicente Calderon stadium, Madrid, Spain, 29/10/16 Atletico Madrid's Yannick Carrasco celebrates after scoring his second goal. REUTERS/Sergio Perez - RTX2QZRK

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Manchester United have been scouting Atletico Madrid’s promising starlet Yannick Carrasco, as per reports.

Atletico Madrid signed Carrasco from French outfit AS Monaco back in July 2015, for a fee of €20 million. The Belgian winger, who signed for the La Liga giants on a 5-year contract, has since established himself as a crucial member of Diego Simeone’s squad.

The 23-year-old has been hugely impressive since his arrival in Madrid, and he even managed to put in a top class performance in Atletico’s most crucial game of the 2015-16 season – the Champions League final against arch-rivals Real Madrid.

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The Belgium international came on as a half-time substitute in that final in Milan, and impressively turned the game around by scoring a 79th-minute equaliser. His goal proved to be irrelevant in the end, however, as Real came out on top in the penalty shootout.

Carrasco has continued his top form this season, and has already bagged 9 goals in 23 appearances for the Spanish outfit. His performances have therefore, managed to attract the interest of numerous major clubs from all across Europe, including the likes of Manchester United.

According to The Mirror, Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho has been keeping consistent tabs on the Belgian. In fact, the Special One is even believed to have sent some United scouts to watch the winger in action recently.

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The report further states that Mourinho may try to sign Carrasco as soon as the upcoming January transfer window reopens, so as to replace Memphis Depay, who looks set to head out the exit door. But with Atletico Madrid involved in the Champions League, the Old Trafford giants may find it difficult to convince Yannick to make the switch this season.

Carrasco is not the only Atletico player to get linked with a move to Manchester United, as both English and Spanish medias have been rife with rumours of Antoine Griezmann’s potential transfer to the Theatre of Dreams.


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