Although most speculation in recent weeks has centred around Chelsea’s apparent search for defensive reinforcements after coming unstuck at the back in the absence of John Terry, Mirror Football claim Antonio Conte is also keen to boost his forward line with a potential swoop for Atletico’s Carrasco. His contract includes a £35million buyout fee – a sum well within the west London club’s financial reach.
However, the Mattress Makers are determined to hold onto the Belgium international, who found the net against Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final, by agreeing a new deal. That would not only extend the length of his current stay – which isn’t due to expire for another four years – but also raise his aforementioned buyout to an undetermined sum.
Carrasco’s goal return isn’t exactly outstanding for a winger-forward, netting just six times across all competitions since moving to Vicente Calderon from Monaco in summer 2015. But he’s developed a knack of hitting the onion bag on the big occasion – most notably the aforementioned Champions League final goal and a winner against Bayern Munich in the same competition earlier this month. That’s an incredibly exciting asset for a 23-year-old to have and he’s also establishing himself in the Belgium fold with two goals in his last five appearances.
With that in mind, he could prove a real steal at £35million; Carrasco certainly possesses the natural pace to be effective in the Premier League and there’s a recurring theme of Belgium internationals proving incredibly effective in the top flight.
Here’s a look at how his La Liga form this season compares to Chelsea’s current wide options, courtesy of Squawka: