According to reports in the media, Wolfsburg playmaker Diego Ribas is attracting interest from Atletico Madrid.
The Brazilian, once tipped to be the ‘Golden Boy’ of the next generation of Seleção stars, has failed to live up to the hype after leaving Werder Bremen for Juventus back in 2009.
Diego broke onto the scene at the German club in 2006 when he moved from Portugese side, FC Porto. He netted 52 goals in 128 games but was more well known for his creativity, passing and vision, which contributed to numerous assists.
Juventus signed the attacking midfielder in 2009 for a fee of around €24 million, and the transfer was seen as a step up in the talented player’s career.
However, things didn’t work out in Italy and after just one season, Diego found his way back to Germany. He joined Wolfsburg for a drastically reduced fee of €15 million.
In the Volkswagen city his career continued on its downward spiral. After he heard he wouldn’t be playing, an unhappy Diego walked out of the Wolfsburg dressing room shortly before the criticial final match of the season, in which only a victory was enough for Die Wölfe to avoid relegation.
He copped a €510,000 fine and rumours began appearing that he would be leaving the club. Manager Felix Magath no longer counts on him and has ordered Diego to train with the reserves.
Atletico are apparently hoping that Wolfsburg will cut their losses and allow him to leave for just €5 million, quite a bargain considering he was valued at five times that just two years earlier.
If Gregorio Manzano can bring the best out of Diego and the player behaves himself, then Atletico could be on the verge of snapping up a great deal. He could potentially add a lot of flair and skill to the midfield. There is, however, a risk that football has seen the best of Diego and it will be a case of valuable money going down the drain.