MARCA reports that an intermediary authorised to act on the behalf of Atlético has contacted cross-town rivals Real Madrid in order to discuss a possible deal for striker Diego Forlán.
According to the report, Forlán is being offered to Los Blancos for €18m. Atleti officials are allegedly willing to negotiate that fee, which is half of the Uruguayan’s release clause.
The report goes on to say that Rojiblanco manager Quique Sánchez Flores will not impede a transfer, given his rocky relationship with the attacker.
Atleti’s No. 7 has struggled mightily since his stellar start to the season, when he scored three goals in the first two Liga games. In his last 12 matches however, he has failed to hit the back of the net.
In addition to his on-field troubles, Forlán has strained his relationship with the Colchonero fan base. Supporters have accused him of slacking off in games and were insulted by comments the striker made about being open to a return to England.
Other clubs said to be pondering a possible winter deal for the 31-year old superstar are Tottenham and Juventus.