According to AS, reports in Portugal suggest that Atlético striker Eduardo Salvio will most likely return to los Colchoneros from Benfica for the 2011-12 campaign.
The Portuguese club, where Salvio spent the current season on a one-year loan until breaking his foot three weeks ago, is still not willing to exercise the €15m purchase option from the forward’s loan deal.
Benfica coach Jorge Jesús is rumoured to be strongly in favour of keeping ‘Toto’ in Lisbon but, it is said that two obstacles stand in the way of a possible sale.
One of those obstacles is the 20-year-old’s annual salary, said to be at €2.5m per year. Águias directors are apparently not willing to make Salvio one of the highest paid players on the squad.
The other hurdle is the attacker’s price itself. Benfica have negotiated with Atleti directors hoping to get a discount, but Rojiblanco officials purportedly “will not accept a euro less” than the amount stipulated in Salvio’s purchase option.
The Lisbon-based outfit is willing to fork out up to €11m and even proposed another loan deal, an idea Gil and Cerezo strongly opposed. The present standstill could last until the end of the month, which is when Salvio’s purchase option expires.
Meanwhile Eduardo, who has publicly admitted he would prefer to stay with Benfica, returns to Spain from Lisbon on Monday for follow-up on his surgery. He had flown to Portugal three weeks ago after being operated on in Madrid.
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