In Turkey, reports continue to insist that Diego Forlán will be a Besiktas player next season. Some sources even claim a deal will be announced on Wednesday, with the transfer fee lying somewhere between €8m and €12m.
According to AS however, the forward prefers to stay, and is looking forward to next season now that Quique Sánchez Flores has announced his departure.
Forlán, who is getting married this summer, has two years remaining on his contract and will look to stay in Madrid for at least one more year. His agent Daniel Bolotnikoff was contacted by AS and denied the rumours of a departure to Istanbul.
“There haven’t been negotiations with Besiktas,” he said. “The information from the Turkish press is wrong. A month ago the club did inquire about Diego, but we told them that he’s focussing on finishing the season with Atleti, and since then there hasn’t been any contact.”
Meanwhile, Sánchez Flores has also been linked with a Besiktas move, which would certainly rule out a Forlán transfer there.
Atlético reportedly hope to offload the player who earns nearly €8m a year and have already lined up Pablo Osvaldo as his replacement.
The club is concerned about Forlán’s fitness level and there are worries that, with the Copa América this summer, the forward, once again, won’t have proper rest ahead of the new season. On Thursday, he will celebrate his 32nd birthday and Atleti seem to be eagerly awaiting offers.
Tiago also hopes to stay at the Vicente Calderón
Another player whose future remains uncertain is Tiago, who is on loan from Juventus this season. The Portuguese midfielder has one year left on his contract with the Old Lady.
He’s not needed in Turin while he has made Madrid his new home, having spent the last 18 months in the Spanish capital.
Although Rojiblanco officials are satisfied with Tiago’s performances, it seems doubtful that his stay will be made permanent. So far, no one has approached the midfielder about signing him on for another year.
We expect the club to look for a younger and cheaper option than Tiago, who turned 30 this month and earns €2.8m a year.
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