Newcastle United are reportedly weighing up a move an ambitious move for Atletico Madrid attacker Yannick Carrasco this summer.

A recent report from Goal has revealed Newcastle United’s desire to sign Yannick Carrasco. The Atletico Madrid wide attacker has become one of the transfer priorities for the newly-minted Premier League outfit. The Magpies are even prepared to flex their financial muscles by weighing up a bid of around €60 million for the 28-year-old Belgian international.

Newcastle United believe it should be enough to entice Atletico Madrid, who are relying heavily on player sales to cut back their losses after yet another disappointing financial year. The Spanish giants are already being pressured to sell one of their attacking assets in Joao Felix, who has attracted interest from FC Barcelona, among many other top clubs in Europe.

Over the past few years, Felix has never quite been able to live up to his hefty price tag. But the same cannot be said for Yannick Carrasco, who has been an excellent servant to Atletico Madrid barring a brief detour in China with Dalian Yifang.

In a total of 217 appearances for Atletico Madrid, the 28-year-old winger has been involved in almost 80 goals. Carrasco’s services out wide have been critical in helping  Los Colchoneros emerge as one of the best clubs in Europe and notably win the league title during the 2020/21 campaign.

Arsenal have bowed out of the race to sign Carrasco. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)
Newcastle remain in the race to sign Belgian international Yannick Carrasco. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

The Belgian international has consistently impressed the onlookers with his tactical flexibility. A left winger by trade, Carrasco can effortlessly operate as a wing-back if required, while his ability to produce driven crosses into the box has made life difficult for La Liga defenders over the years.

Although Carrasco has failed to hit the heights of last season this term, Newcastle United’s interest in attaining his services for a hefty figure suggests his pedigree at the highest level of football. It is also a testament to what the 28-year-old brings to the table – some old school wing play and dynamism that could make all the difference in the world for a club like NUFC.

The Magpies have fared brilliantly since the January spending spree. But Newcastle United are staring at an uncertain future, with the new owners unlikely to inject overwhelming funds in fear of breaching the FFP rules. It has led to uncertainties surrounding the future of Allan Saint-Maximin, who is being tracked by Everton among many other clubs.

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It makes Carrasco’s acquisition all the more important as the Belgian international can offer the creativity Newcastle United need in the even of Saint-Maximin’s potential exit. But it will be interesting to see whether the Magpies indeed prepare a hefty €60 million bid for the 28-year-old winger considering there are many other alternatives in a market sprawling with attacking talents.

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