Atlético Madrid confirmed their second signing of the summer transfer window on Friday evening, with Yannick Ferreira Carrasco following Luciano Vietto to the Vicente Calderón.
The Belgian international has signed a five-year contract, and joins for a reported fee of €15million.
Primarily a wide player, he looks the man most likely to replace Arda Turan in the starting line-up next season after the Turk put pen-to-paper on his Barcelona deal earlier today.
Although still only 21, Carrasco has been a regular with Ligue 1 side Monaco for the last three seasons and is regarded by many as one of Europe’s most exciting upcoming talents.
Since breaking into the first team back in 2012, he has scored 20 goals in over 105 matches, including a notable late strike at the Emirates back in February to help knock Arsenal out of the Champions League.
Renowned for his energetic style of play, his combination of pace, vision and skill on the ball have earned comparisions to Ángel di María, a player Cholo has made no secret of his admiration for in the past.
Sporting director José Caminero spoke about the signing shortly after it was made official, and spoke in no uncertain terms about the youngster’s quality.
“We are very happy that an agreement with Monaco was made, Yannick is a player with huge potential and has an incredible future,” he said. “He is a footballer with great pace, excellent ball control and an impressive shot.”
“I’m sure he’ll help us a lot, he fits in perfectly with our goal to improve the level of the team and competition within the squad.
Carrasco made his debut for Belgium – his country of birth – earlier in the year, but has a Portuguese father and Spanish mother, and is fluent in castellano.
Having played internationals last month, he is expected to join up with his new teammates for the training camp in Los Ángeles de San Rafael on Sunday, after undergoing a medical tomorrow.
Are you happy with this signing? Does Carrasco have what it takes to replace Arda?