Chelsea and Tottenham have reportedly both submitted offers for Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco.
The Belgium international has made 219 appearances for Atletico Madrid in two stints, with 37 goals and 39 assists to his name for the La Liga side.
Carrasco spent two years in the Chinese Super Leage in a hiatus from the Spanish club, before returning to Atletico in the summer of 2020.
He’s a key part of Diego Simeone’s side, playing frequently as a left wing-back, but just as comfortable in more forward positions.
And that versatility, as well as his quality, has caught the eye of a number of Premier League suitors.
A report on Thursday claimed Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea are all ‘knocking on the door’ with the idea of signing Carrasco in the summer transfer window.
And now, Diario AS (via CaughtOffside) claim Carrasco has had ‘important offers’ from Chelsea and Spurs.
Simeone isn’t interested in selling the 28-year-old, but if a club does trigger the player’s release clause, the Argentine manager won’t have a say in the matter.
Carrasco reportedly has a release clause worth €60m (£51m), which expires in the summer of 2024.
Carrasco is believed to be ‘very comfortable’ in Madrid and is unlikely to push for a transfer, although he does ‘feel entitled’ to a ‘review of his contract’.
Despite the Premier League ‘lurking’, the Belgium winger is ‘delighted’ with the role he plays under Simeone.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking to hijack Arsenal’s attempts to sign Leeds winger Raphinha, and could offer wantaway winger Hakim Ziyech in exchange.
CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs told The Football Terrace: “Don’t be surprised if Chelsea advance their interest if they bring Hakim Ziyech into the equation because my understanding from talking to Leeds sources separate to Raphinha is that Ziyech, should he leave Chelsea, has been a player on their radar.
“So there might be a possibility to do some business with Raphinha coming one way and Ziyech being given to Leeds. Because Leeds don’t just want a chunk of money for Raphinha to the tune of £55/£60million potentially, they would love to have a ready-made replacement.
“And they see Ziyech as a viable option and that would remain the case even if Raphinha goes elsewhere.”