According to reports in Italy, Lazio striker Mauro Zárate could be on his way to Spain as Atletico’s replacement for Sergio Aguero.
Apparently, Zárate’s agent, Beppe Bozzo will head to the Vicente Calderon before the end of the week to hold talks with the club about a potential move.
Having signed Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cissé this summer, Lazio could look to off load the Argentine with Atletico shaping up as a potential destination.
Lazio president, Claudio Lotito admitted that while the player isn’t specifically on the market, any offers would be considered as long as they were around the amount the Italian club value him at.
“Zárate is not on the market, but it is clear that if a top offer was to arrive it would be considered,” Lotito is quoted as saying on Goal.com
Zárate has publicly announced that he wants to stay in Italy with the club, though it is obvious that given the right offer, Lazio would definitely consider a sale.
The sale figure is rumoured to be in the region of €20-25 million, an amount Atleti should be able to hand over if Sergio Agüero is sold.
Interestingly, two of the clubs interested in Aguero, Juventus and Manchester City are also rumoured to be keeping an eye on Zárate, so a triangular deal also involving Carlos Tévez plus his Argentina team-mates could eventuate.
The 24 year old has been at Lazio since 2008 where he has made just over 100 appearances and scored 25 goals. Prior to this he spent some time with Birmingham on loan and two years with Qatari side Al-Sadd.
He has made five appearances for the Under-20 Argentina side but has failed to push his way into the senior side which features the likes of Tévez, Kun and Lionel Messi.
Zárate is under contract at Lazio until 2014.