Yannick Carrasco set for shock move to ChinaFebruary 23, 2018
Following Jonathan Viera’s move to Beijing Guoan at the start of the week, the Chinese Super League are set to welcome another big name La Liga player over the weekend.
La Sexta have reported that Yannick Carrasco is set to complete a €30 million transfer with Dalian Yifang. The 24 year old was absent from the Diego Simeone’s squad for Thursday’s Europa League match against FC Copenhagen following talks between his agent and the side located in China’s Liaoning Province.
It is believed that Carrasco’s former side, AS Monaco are expected to receive 25% of any income due to a sell on clause in the player’s contract.
Carrasco moved to the Spanish capital in a €20 million deal from Monaco in 2015, and has played a total of 81 league games for Atleti, scoring 17 goals. During his first season at the club, he scored the equaliser in the Champions League Final against neighbours Real Madrid, becoming the first Belgian footballer to score in a European cup final.
With Koke being preferred in the wing position this season, the Belgian has found it difficult to cement a starting role at the Wanda Metropolitano and has been seen as more of an impact sub for the side over the campaign.
As previously reported by La Liga News UK in December, It was known that Simeone had been unhappy with Carrasco’s attitude towards fellow players and staff over the past year, following a fall out with team mates Koke and Gabi, as well as squaring up to fitness coach Óscar Ortega at the end of last season.
Simeone appeared to confirm the deal during on Thursday, saying: “This would be an important sale for us and it’s a decision that is up to the player to decide,”
“Yannick is young, he has a bright future and has a big role to play for us, but we will now see if this happens or not.”