Aston Villa are one of several Premier League sides said to be interested in signing Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco this summer and the Belgian could be Steven Gerrard’s very own version of Jadon Sancho if he were to join.
According to reports in Spain, via The Sun, Villa, Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur are all keen on signing the former Monaco man ahead of next season, with the 28-year-old likely to cost around £50m.
Gerrard has already added four permanent signings to his squad this summer, with Philippe Coutinho, Robin Olsen, Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos all joining, and Carrasco could be another statement signing from the Villans as they outline their intentions for a European finish next season.
The Belgium international has made 219 appearances across two separate spells at Atletico, in which he has contributed 37 goals and 39 assists, which shows he clearly has an eye for goal.
He also emphasised his attacking credentials during a two-year dalliance with Dalian Professional, crashing in 23 goals and 17 assists in just 51 appearances.
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Diego Simeone was full of praise for the winger after he hit a hat-trick in 2016, saying:
“I’m very happy for Carrasco. He is a very complete player, with a bright future ahead of him.”
If Villa were to win the race for Carrasco this summer, Gerrard could have a player deemed very similar to Sancho on his hands at Villa Park.
FB Ref suggests that the Manchester United man is the second-most similar winger to Carrasco, with both excelling at progressive carries, dribbling and touches in the attacking penalty area.
Although the England international struggled on his debut season at Old Trafford, contributing just three goals and three assists in the Premier League, he has undoubted talent and his previous form at Borussia Dortmund emphasises that he is a top-quality player.
In 137 games for the Bundesliga side, the youngster contributed a hugely impressive 50 goals and 67 assists, and it seems like when he finds his feet at United, Erik ten Hag will have a top young talent at his disposal.
If Carrasco can show anywhere near that level of form in the Premier League, then he would surely prove to be a dream addition to Gerrard’s squad this summer.
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