Memphis Depay’s move to Atletico Madrid displays all the features of a deal Barcelona would want to avoid.
The player was indeed not receiving many minutes under Xavi Hernandez and was excluded from the manager’s plans. However, that does not take away the fact that Dutchman is a special player who can prove decisive in any game.
But the Catalans are set to part ways with the Dutchman, losing an attacking asset for a mere fee of €3 million six months before his contract runs down.
According to reports from Gerard Romero, there is a silver lining to the deal that could help the Catalans recoup their loss.
The journalist states that Barcelona have the option to purchase Atletico Madrid forward Yannick Carrasco in the summer for just €15 million as part of the Depay deal.
The Belgian International is one of the Rojiblancos‘ most important players and a regular starter under Diego Simeone, operating on the left flank as a winger or even a wing-back when required.
Given that both Raphinha and Ousmane Dembele prefer to play on the right wing, Carrasco could be the missing piece that completed Barcelona’s attack come next season.
Romero further adds that Xavi has already spoken to people in Carrasco’s close circle and admitted to them that he was crazy about signing the winger.
The Blaugrana pushed to sign him this month as part of the Depay deal but could not convince Atletico to go ahead with the deal. However, having continued to negotiate a summer move, it seems like Barça have now secured the option to sign him for €15 million.
It must be noted that some reports in Spain state that the fee would be €20 million, while a few outlets claim that the figure would be less than €20 million, with Romero quoting it at €15 million.
In his 15 La Liga appearances for Atletico Madrid this season, the 29-year-old Carrasco has scored one goal and created three big chances. However, one must consider that his attacking play is currently limited in Simeone’s system.
All signs point to the fact that the Catalans will pursue his signature come June, especially given their financial situation.