Report: Atletico Madrid concerned Spurs-linked Carrasco could still leave before deadline 

According to the print edition of Marca (31/08 as relayed by Sport Witness), Diego Simeone remains concerned that Tottenham target Yannick Carrasco could leave the club before the transfer deadline.

The Telegraph reported on Monday that Spurs had entered into talks with Atletico over a deal for Carrasco.

It was asserted that Los Colchoneros are under pressure to sell some players to comply with the salary cap imposed by La Liga and that even though the Belgian’s release clause stands at £51.2m, he would be sold for a much lower fee.

However, Alasdair Gold subsequently took to social media to rubbish the speculation linking Carrasco with a move to Spurs.

Marca have now explained that the 28-year-old is an ‘essential’ part of Simeone’s plans and that losing the player would be a big blow for the Atletico boss.

The report explains that as things stand, Tottenham have not made an offer for Carrasco and the two clubs have not even opened talks but the Atletico hierarchy are refusing a rule out a late sale.

It is explained that Antonio Conte’s men would have to meet the wing-back’s release clause if they wish to sign him.

Marca add that Spurs have the financial muscle to carry out such an operation and state that the Premier League is ‘looming’ over Carrasco.

Spurs Web Opinion 

I do not see any reason why Tottenham would pay £50m-plus for Carrasco when they have no shortage of options in the two wing-back roles. I would not be surprised if the players’ camp are feeding this speculation in order to force Atletico’s hand into giving him a new contract.

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