Manchester United have been linked heavily with a move for Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann, but it seems that he is not the only transfer target for Jose Mourinho. According to Spanish outlet OK Diario, a look at Yannick Carrasco, who has been one of their better players this season, is also been taken. A 23-year-old from Belgium, Carrasco is capable of playing on either wing with a devastating effect. He has played in 16 league matches and has contributed eight goals – directly and indirectly.
Carrasco is an another example of Atletico Madrid being extremely shrewd in the transfer market, as the Spanish club paid just €17 million for his signature in the summer of 2015. Now, it is reported that Manchester United may have to meet his release clause of £85 million (Via OK Diario)in order to stand a chance of signing him. In short, Atletico have placed the same valuation as they have on Griezmann.
It may be an attempt to scare off any interest from United, but the Premier League outfit are not the only party interested in the winger. Juventus are also suffering interest in the player and both clubs could be in for a bidding war if they want to sign him for a lower transfer fee.
The futures of star players at the Vicente Calderon has been under the cloud of doubt in recent months largely because of manager Diego Simeone widely being expected to leave the club at the end of the campaign. He recently reduced the length of his contract with the club. The numerous problems faced by the club on the pitch in struggling to replicate their form has led to rumours that Simeone may seek a fresh challenge.
His departure could be a major blow to some of the star players, who have come to the Vicente Calderon only because of his presence. It is rumoured that Griezmann’s interest in a potential move to Manchester United could also be down to his departure.
While it is realistic that the Red Devils may consider parting away with a world record transfer fee for the French superstar, it remains to be seen if they would be willing to match the €85 million release clause for a good player, but still someone who has to go a long way before being considered as the best. Interestingly, Carrasco will not be part of the club’s upcoming game against Las Palmas in the Copa del Rey, as he has been ruled out with an Achilles injury. Being left out of the squad for injury reasons at the start of a January transfer window do seem suspicious.