·27 March 2023
·27 March 2023
Barcelona are looking to reduce the potential transfer fee of Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco.
The Catalan club have the option to buy the Belgian winger for €15 million this summer, a clause included as part of Memphis Depay’s transfer to Atletico in January.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are unwilling to pay the agreed fee and want to negotiate a better deal with their La Liga rivals.
Carrasco will also ask Atletico to reduce their financial demands as he is keen on moving to Camp Nou in the summer.
Barca are looking to replicate what happened with Antoine Griezmann. Atletico were initially handed a purchase option of €40m, but they halved it to facilitate his permanent transfer last October.
With their financial crisis continuing to take a toll, Barca are planning to put in similar demands to Atletico for Carrasco.
Barca don’t want to lose out on Carrasco, who has been one of the key players for Diego Simeone since his return to Wanda Metropolitano in 2020 after a couple of years in the Chinese Super League.
The 29-year-old’s versatility to play as a left winger and left wing-back would make him a great addition to Xavi’s squad.
The left flank remains an area of concern for Barcelona, with Ousmane Dembele sidelined with injury. Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati have also struggled to find any kind of momentum.
Carrasco’s signing would fix the issue and add more solidity to the attack.
A price of around €15m looks reasonable, but it remains to be seen whether Barca will overcome their financial obstacles and comply with La Liga’s Financial Fair Play rules ahead of next season.
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