Atlético winger José Antonio Reyes could be on the verge of a return to hometown club Sevilla, according to various reports in the Spanish press this morning.
Both AS and MARCA delivered the news that a fee of €3.5 million had been agreed for the 28-year-old winger, who began his career at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán back in 1999.
Atlético have since denied the agreement, but Miguel Ángel Gil Marín is set to meet with Sevilla president José María del Nido next week to negotiate the transfer.
Los Nervionenses have also shown interest in Tottenham Hotspur attacker Giovani dos Santos, with whom discussions are supposedly already underway. Talks with Reyes on the other hand are now said to be at ‘an early stage’.
It had looked as if la Perla would be moving to Galatasaray, but earlier in the week manager Fatih Terim pulled the plug on the deal due to a desire to sign younger players for his team.
As we’re already well aware, Reyes’ relationship with Atlético boss Gregorio Manzano plummeted following his withdrawal in October’s defeat at Athletic Bilbao. The former Arsenal man has featured just once in the starting line-up since then.
The majority of fans, especially those that attend the Vicente Calderón, have made it clear that their support lies with the player, but it looks increasingly likely that his time in Madrid will be coming to an end regardless of Manzano’s future.
Reyes signed for Atlético in 2007, and despite a difficult first couple of years, he firmly established himself as a key player and fan favourite upon returning from a loan spell at Benfica.
The Andalusian attacker was instrumental in our Europa League and Super Cup successes of 2010, but since Quique Sánchez Flores’ departure in May his form has suffered. Even before the incident in San Mamés he was featuring less frequently.
Now, with contact having opened with Sevilla, we should hear more news about a possible transfer in the coming weeks.
What are your thoughts on Reyes’ potential departure? Who could be brought in to replace him?