According to a Spanish source, Tottenham have now made an important offer for Atletico Madrid forward Yannick Carrasco.
The Lowdown: Tottenham’s previous interest
The 28-year-old still has two years remaining on his current deal with the La Liga outfit, but has recently been linked with a move away from the Metropolitano Stadium.
The Lilywhites had first been credited with an interest in the Belgian back in January, as it was reported that the club were willing to trigger the winger’s €60m (£51.5m) release clause, but nothing ever came to fruition.
However, after a fresh update, it would now appear as though a move to the Premier League could be on the cards this summer, with Spurs set to face competition from a couple of their top-flight rivals in the race for his signature.
The Latest: Spurs make important Carrasco offer
In a new article published by Spanish outlet AS (via Sport Witness), it’s claimed that Tottenham, alongside Chelsea and Manchester United, have all made Carrasco ‘important offers’, and are ‘probing the possibility of a change of scenery’.
The source further states that Diego Simeone has ‘made it clear’ that no offers will be listened to, but that the player feels like he is ‘entitled to request a review of his contract’, as a result of not being happy with his current ‘average’ wage compared to other Atletico players.
The report says that any club wanting to negotiate a deal with the Madrid star will need to activate his buyout clause, and the £51.5m mentioned earlier would be seen as a ‘big deal’ for Tottenham.
The Verdict: Already got Perisic
There’s no doubt that Carrasco, who was once dubbed “absolutely outstanding” by journalist Josh Bunting, is a hugely talented player, having made 13 goal contributions across all competitions under Simeone last season
However, Antonio Conte has already secured the signature of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on that left-hand side, so it’s not worth coughing up a huge chunk of money for another player on that side.
Instead, the sensible option would be to use the £150m put into the club for regaining their Champions League status to fund transfers in more priority positions like a back-up striker.
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