On the deadline day, we carried a report from Foot Mercato, who stated that Tottenham Hotspur were ‘very interested’ in Atlético Madrid’s Yannick Carrasco.
Later that day, Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna explained the north London club had held talks with the winger’s new agent, Pini Zahavi.
Antonio Conte’s side were unable to conclude the deal for the 28-year-old and he will now finish the season at the Metropolitano.
Tuesday’s edition of Sport explain Spurs ‘pressed to sign’ the Belgium international on the last day of the January window.
After allowing Bryan Gil join Valencia on a loan deal, the Premier League side tried to sign the former AS Monaco man. The La Liga winners were firm with their position and if Spurs wanted the player, they had to pay his €60m release clause.
AS on Tuesday echo claims made by Sport as they also report Los Rojiblancos’ response to the interest in Carrasco was ‘always the same’. He will not leave Atlético if the €60m release clause is not paid.
The newspaper further adds the Belgian is ‘happy at Atlético’, where he is an ‘important’ member of Diego Simeone’s squad.
The ‘only thing in his mind is to succeed at’ the club, which would suggest Carrasco wasn’t considering to leave the Madrid club in January.