Atlético Madrid have been linked with a serious interest in Napoli’s José Callejón this afternoon, with some outlets reporting that the player has even told his team mates that he will play at the Vicente Calderón next season.
SER Deportivos, a Spanish radio programme on Cadena SER, is saying that the 28-year-old Real Madrid youth product is closing in on a return to the Spanish capital.
Callejón left the Bernabeu in 2013 to move to Serie A for €10 million, after his first team chances came few and far between under manager Jose Mourinho.
Atleti are allegedly in discussions with Napoli over Callejón’s return to La Liga, however the player’s agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, has denied that there is an agreement, or that talks are even happening over the forward’s future.
The Spaniard was on Atleti’s radar last July as they hunted around for a strike partner for Mario Mandzukic, but a €20 million offer wasn’t enough to convince Napoli to let him go.
It looks like Atleti could be set to test the water once again, with concerns over Mandzukic’s future continuing.
Callejón has 29 goals in 78 appearances for Napoli since moving two seasons ago.
The radio station are convinced that Callejón is an old desire of Cholo Simeone, and after signing a new contract, our coach is beginning to outline the players he wants to sign for next season.
Callejón wouldn’t be the first player to feature for both Real Madrid and Atleti in recent seasons. Juanfran came through the Real Madrid youth set-up, and is now a much loved staple in Atleti’s defence. José Antonio Reyes also played for Real Madrid for a year before joining Atlético in 2007.
Would Callejón be a good fit for Atlético? Is he what we need after Cerci turned out to be a flop?