In what looks like a story that’s going to drag on until at least the end of the summer, Enrique Cerezo said yesterday that there had been no contact from Juventus regarding Diego Forlan.
The Uruguayan, who enjoyed a tremendous World Cup, picking up the Golden Ball award as the best player in South Africa, is currently on a break after returning to South America following the tournament.
Corriere dello Sport, an Italian sports-paper, suggested that a deal was being struck between Atlético and Juventus for the transfer of Atlético’s number 7, as it now looked impossible for Juventus to complete a deal for Wolfsburg forward Edin Dzeko.
The paper reported that the Bianconeri were willing to spend €20million on Forlan, who had earlier this month iterated his desire to stay in Spain with Atlético Madrid, only to U-turn and admit that he doesn’t know what the future holds.
Cerezo, when asked about a the Italian clubs’s interest yesterday, said “I think you should talk to Juve, because if they are interested, they’ll be able to tell you. We have no news at all. We know that Forlan is on holiday in Uruguay and we have no more news.”
Corriere dello Sport hinted that the good relationship between the directors of Atlético and Juventus could prove to help the move become a possibility.
Although good relationship or not, it’s unlikely that we’ll be willing to let arguably our best player leave.
Meanwhile, Forlan will return to training after his holiday on the 9th August, so that he’ll be fighting fit for the UEFA Super Cup match against Inter.
AS is reporting that “Forlan has already indicated to both the club and his closest relatives that he doesn’t want to leave Atlético. Forlan just has to rest now after a tough World Cup and think about scoring goals next season for Atléti.”
The paper also mentions that the club is planning a tribute to the striker when he returns to Madrid for training.