While Atletico confirmed winger Jose Antonio Reyes rejected Galatasaray’s offer for him on Tuesday, the club did not address the status of the Turkish outfit’s bid for striker Diego Forlan.
According to AS, Atleti have set Forlan’s price at €8m, a fee Galatasaray are willing to meet.
The Istanbul-based club would also pay the Uruguayan €6m per year for three years, which would be a €1.5m increase from the €4.5m he currently earns in Madrid.
Atletico have reportedly informed Forlan’s agents they are free to accept the deal, which now hinges on whether or not the Uruguayan agrees to the move.
It is said Rojiblanco officials are giving ‘la Rubia’ until mid-July to decide, while the 32-year-old is reportedly in no hurry to make up his mind.
Daniel Bolotnicoff, Forlan’s agent, told AS:
“Forlan will not consider any offers until after Copa América. Diego will not think about his future until after the cup. So, any club that is interested in him must wait until that moment.”
Bolotnicoff then denied reports from the Turkish press claiming there is a 50 per cent chance Forlan will leave Atleti to join Galatasaray.
“That information is not true,” he said. “I haven’t met with anyone from Galatasaray. I’ve been in Buenos Aires for more than 20 days and Diego is in Uruguay.”
Do you see Forlan at Atleti next year, or do you think he’ll accept the big pay raise and leave for Turkey?