Rampant speculation in the past few days, particularly from Germany, suggested FC Köln defender Pedro Tonon Geromel would be signed by Atlético, only to then be immediately loaned out to either Betis, Sevilla or Valencia.
But Spanish paper AS reports that Atleti directors, who admitted they have followed the Jorge Mendes client over the course of last season – a campaign that saw Geromel’s side be demoted to the Bundesliga 2 – have assured the Portuguese centre-back will not be signed.
The rumours bring to mind a similar situation that arose last summer when reports surfaced alleging Atleti had signed Bruno Alves’ largely unknown little brother Julio, also represented by the shady Mendes.
In the ensuing days following the Julio Alves claims of a year ago, sporting director José Luis Pérez Caminero (whose role, incidentally, appears to be losing significance by the hour) had also spurned reports of advanced negotiations, only to announce the youngster’s signing two weeks later.
Could we be looking at a similar scenario with regard to Geromel?