After negotiations broke down it seemed unlikely Filipe Luis would be an Atlético player next season. Apparently Atleti even threatened to take Deportivo to court over a €2m debt from the Zé Castro transfer, a power-play that might have forced Depor back to the negotiating table.
Today newspaper AS reports the two clubs only have to work out a method of payment to close the deal. Deportivo-president Lendoiro was holding out for a €12m transfer fee, and seems to get his wish. Apparently Atlético will pay €10m and acquit the money owed from the Zé Castro-transfer two years ago.
The transfer seemed to have died down after Lendoiro refused to involve Atlético-players in the deal. Atlético wasn’t willing to pay the entire sum demanded by Depor, and offered Diego Costa and Ignacio Camacho in return, players that Deportivo-coach Lotina is said to be interested in. His president was playing hardball however, which forced Filipe to beg for a transfer. The Brazilian leftback missed out on a move to Barcelona last summer and now has his sights set on a move to Madrid.
To temper all your expectations, it does seem like Atleti will have to sell players first. Which could also be why the signing of rightback Rod Fanni still has not been finalized. Earlier this week AS reported that a deal had been agreed, however, Fanni played in a friendly for Rennes just two days ago.