Atletico Madrid sign Belgium international Yannick Carrasco from Monaco
Atletico Madrid have signed Monaco winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco on a five-year deal, the Primera Division side have announced.
The 21-year-old Belgium international, who helped Monaco reach the Champions League quarter-finals last season, fills the void in Diego Simeone’s side left by Arda Turan, who joined Barcelona in a 34 million Euros deal on Monday. "Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Belgian midfielder Yannick Carrasco.
He will play in our team for five seasons," a statement on Atleti’s website read. Carrasco, who scored eight goals in 48 appearances for Monaco last season, put pen to paper on a deal tying him to the Vicente Calderon until the summer of 2019 after passing a medical on Thursday.
The former Genk youth player becomes Atletico’s third signing of the summer after the arrivals of strikers Luciano Vietto and Jackson Martinez and the club’s sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero believes they have acquired one of the brightest young prospects in European football. He said: "We are very satisfied with the agreement reached with Monaco, because Yannick is a player with huge prospects and with an incredible future. He is a player with great speed, excellent at driving the ball and with a great shot. He will contribute perfectly to our goal of increasing the level of our team and the competitiveness of the group. I am convinced that he will contribute plenty."