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Barcelona plan to exercise buy option on Atletico Madrid winger, but not for €15 million

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During the negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atletico Madrid in January, Barcelona secured a purchase option for winger Yannick Carrasco for a fee worth €15 million.

And, according to SPORT, Barcelona intend to exercise the buy option for the Belgian international, although they do not plan on paying the €15 million fee that was agreed upon. Instead, they are optimistic about lowering the Atletico Madrid winger’s price tag.

Barcelona are in the market for reinforcements on the left flank, with the coaching staff of the opinion that they lack a dynamic, dangerous presence on that side.

The likes of Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres have not performed well enough when given a chance, forcing Xavi to utilise Gavi as a pseudo-left-winger in recent weeks.

Hence, it has been made a priority to reinforce the position in the summer, with Carrasco emerging as one of the targets for Barça.

The Blaugrana have a very good relationship with the 29-year-old’s agent, Pini Zahavi, and have confirmed to him that their plan is to activate the buy option for the winger in June as long as salary restrictions are not an issue.

It is claimed that manager Xavi Hernandez likes Carrasco as he can provide more direct threat from the left flank and add greater depth to the squad.

Atletico Madrid, though, are said to be angry with the Belgian as he is not listening offers from clubs in the Premier League, who are willing to offer more money.

The plan, for now, is to keep working on resolving the Financial Fair Play issues, while on the other hand, Zahavi will look to lower the €15 million asking price for Carrasco.

It has previously been reported that Barcelona do not intend to pay more than €9-10 million for Carrasco. And the winger is willing to wait for the Catalans, even though he is aware that there is a risk of the move not happening if the La Liga leaders face more FFP issues.

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