According to local Pamplona papers, Raúl García is close to a return to Osasuna.
Noticias de Navarra reports that Atlético and the 25-year-old’s former club are negotiating his transfer.
The Pamplonans want to sign Raúl on a freebie, a deal Atleti would agree to if certain clauses are included that would net los Rojiblancos proceeds from any future sale of the midfielder.
Another option is a loan deal, but García only has one year remaining on his contract and Atleti don’t want him to walk out for free next summer after the midfielder was signed for a hefty fee of €13m back in 2007.
If Raúl García were to leave on loan, then Atleti would demand he extend his contract with us first.
Osasuna much prefer the alternative and are willing to offer Atlético a significant percentage of any future transfers if they can sign him on a permanent deal this summer.
Apparently, Los Rojillos have already come to terms with Raúl, who is happy to return to his hometown where he made his debut for Osasuna in la Liga as an 18-year-old and went on to play 68 games before following Javier Aguirre to Madrid.
Up to this point, García has made 71 appearances for the Rojiblancos but he has never really managed to live up to expectations at the Vicente Calderón.