Report: Tottenham have made approach for 'complete' attacker; £51.5m release clause
Tottenham Hotspur have made an approach for Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Carrasco, according to AS.
Spurs were heavily linked with the Belgium international in the January transfer window.
At the time, one report claimed Tottenham were ready to pay his €60m (£51.5m) release clause.
Though Spurs didn’t get him back then, AS has now suggested they’ve been trying once again.
The Spanish outlet – via Sport Witness – claims Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United have ‘knocked on his door’.
The Premier League trio had ‘the idea of probing the possibility of a change of scenery this summer’.
However, Carrasco is a ‘fundamental’ player for Diego Simeone, who’s determined not to let the Belgian go.
At the same time, the player himself reportedly ‘feels entitled to request a review of his contract’.
This is because Carrasco’s current salary is apparently ‘average’ on the club’s scale.
The 28-year-old’s Atletico contract runs until 2024.
AS has also speculated that Atletico might look at potentially offering Carrasco a new deal.
This would be ‘both to increase the years left on his contract and his salary’.
Carrasco is an incredibly talented player, who Simeone once described as “very complete“.
He’s also very versatile – at Atletico, he has played on both wings, across the front line and as a No. 10.
Simeone has even used him as an auxiliary left wing-back. – a position Spurs are reportedly looking to strengthen.
That Carrasco’s main position is on the left side of attack, and Tottenham signed Ivan Perisic just a few weeks ago.
It remains to be seen where Antonio Conte would deploy Carrasco if Spurs sign him.
But there’s no doubt he’d be a superb signing for Tottenham.