While speculation over Antonio Griezmann’s £86m move to Old Trafford has been stealing all headlines recently, Spanish news magazine Don Balon claims that Manchester United are ready to swoop for another Atletico star, with Jose Mourinho said to be keen on signing Yannick Carrasco.
This is not the first time the Portuguese tactician is looking to raid Atletico Madrid, as he has done already while in charge at Chelsea by signing Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa, and Filipe Luis.
Ever since Diego Simeone substituted Carrasco in a 0-0 draw against Alves in January, his relationship with the Belgian has almost deteriorated. The situation has prompted clubs to spring into action in an attempt to lure the former Monaco man away from the La Liga outfit this summer.
Plus, the 23-year-old’s agent has already informed the Rojiblancos’ hierarchy that his client has numerous offers on the table, with Manchester United among the interested parties.
The Red Devils had even sent scouts to watch the rapid wideman when he played in an International Friendly against Netherlands last November.
Carrasco has 14 goals and 5 assists in all competition to his name this season, and Mourinho is reportedly impressed by the Belgian’s exciting style on the flanks, and is willing to spend big money to sign him.
Also, the fact that United are struggling for creativity in the wide areas this season, where Mourinho seems unsure of Martial, Rashford, and Mkhitaryan, the Belgium international might end up being a solution if they land him this summer.
There is no denying that United’s chance of attracting Carrasco, however, will seemingly depend on their involvement in the Champions League next season.
With striker Antoine Griezmann and goalkeeper Jan Oblak already on United’s summer transfer list, Carrasco is the third player from the Spanish club to get linked with the 13-time Premier League Champions.
After joining Atletico from Monaco for £15m in July 2015, Carrasco signed a new contract extension in October 2016, which possesses a new bumper £85 million buyout clause.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam