Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco and as such the Spaniards want to tie the Belgian down to a new contract to ward off interest from the Premier League club, according to The Mirror.

The former Monaco attacker has impressed since switching to the Spanish capital and scored in the Champions League final for Diego Simeone’s men last season.

The Blues are expected to bolster Antonio Conte’s first-team squad both in January and next summer as the West London club look to get back in contention for major honours.

Carrasco is believed to have a £35 million release clause in his contract at the Vicente Calderon, with the Premier League side considering activating this.

As such, the La Liga giants are hoping that the Belgium international, who is versatile enough to play on either flank, will extend his contract with the club and that the deal will include a new inflated release clause.

Just where Carrasco would fit into Conte’s new system of playing a 3-5-2 formation remains to be seen.


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