The 24-year-old featured in Atleti’s opening two matches but has become a bit-part player since. Spain international Vitolo returns to the club next month having spent six months on loan at Las Palmas, further reducing Carrasco’s chances of first-team action.
It’s a decision which has put Arsenal and Chelsea on alert. The Premier League duo are keen to strengthen their attack and the mercurial winger combines skill with the hard-working ethos instilled into the Atletico squad by Diego Simeone.
Atletico are willing to listen to offers for the Belgium international as he is becoming an “increasingly divisive figure” at the club, AS claims. Carrasco, it’s claimed, “has been involved in bust-ups with Koke and Gabi, and fitness coach Óscar ‘Profe’ Ortega, in the past year alone”.
The English clubs won’t have the deal all their own way. Bayern Munich are interested in taking Carrasco off Atletico’s hands as well. With Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben – 34 and 33 respectively – are becoming increasingly injury-prone, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes is looking to the future and the Belgian is high on their list of potential replacements.