Atlético was looking for a '9' in this winter market and, if nothing goes wrong, it will end up signing a '10'. Edinson Cavani was the chosen forward, but the negotiation ended up breaking at the last minute. It will not come now nor next summer, when the Uruguayan ends contract with the PSG. Right now, in the offices of the club rojiblanco work for Yannick Carrasco (26 years), with a very different profile, return to Madrid, two years after its sale to the Chinese club Dailan Yifang (has a contract until 2022), to relieve Club accounts in that winter .. The player is already in Madrid and will return as a loan until the end of the season, so it will not be necessary to leave any of the players in the squad.
The initial idea in the offices of Atlético, to satisfy Simeone's express request, was to hire a battering ram that, at a minimum, matched the level of Diego Costa and Morata . And the bet on Cavani met all the parameters. However, according to sources close to the negotiation, after reaching an economic agreement with the PSG ( just over 15 million ) and also with the player himself, the representative (brother of the player) claimed the same commission as if the signing had concretized in summer, when the contract of the charrúa with the Parisian club would have already concluded. It was the movement that blew up an operation that has never been easy because of the economic demands that surrounded it.
So now Yannick Carrasco has the focus. The Belgian left-hander was eager to return to Europe, after two years in Chinese football, and at Atlético they believe it may be a different solution for the offensive problems the team has been suffering. Speed, dribbling and firing to recover other routes to the rival goal. Once your salary is finalized and an agreement is reached with the player's agent, Christophe Henrotay, the same as Thibaut Courtois , Yannick will play as assigned. Thus, in this winter market, the rojiblanco club would not have to pay any transfer nor would it be necessary to exit any player.
Simeone , which was decisive for the signing of the end, in 2015, which he came to call personally during the negotiation in Monaco, has given his approval for the return of a player he knows very well and would not need adaptation. Together with the Argentine coach, he played 124 games (74 as a starter): he scored 23 goals, including that of the Milan Champions League final (2016), and gave 17. In his 50 games in the Chinese Super League he has scored 24 points and distributed 17 assists .
At Atlético they trust that the return of Diego Costa , who faces the final phase of his recovery after being operated in November from a cervical disc herniation, can alleviate the team's scoring hardships. If all goes well, Costa will share a wardrobe with Carrasco again. Who knows if both can become a solution.
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