According to reports out of Italy and Spain, Atlético striker Diego Forlán appears set to join Inter Milan for a fee of €5 million.
On Wednesday, Forlán asked for special permission to withdraw from Atleti coach Gregorio Manzano’s match selection ahead of the squad’s trip to Portugal for the second leg of their Europa League play-off round fixture against Vitória.
Manzano allowed the attacker to stay behind so that he could sort out his future.
Things happened so quickly that Rojiblanco president Enrique Cerezo had absolutely no clue Forlán wasn’t at the airport when directly questioned about the striker’s absence.
Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport now claim however, that after Inter and Atleti successfully negotiated a transfer fee for the Uruguayan, the player has not been able to agree to personal terms with the Nerazzurri and the deal is on hold.
With regard to the other Diego, Diego Ribas of Wolfsburg, Punto Radio reports the playmaker’s father confirmed his son had struck a deal with Atleti and only awaits an agreement between Atlético and Wolfsburg before joining los Colchoneros.
The elder Ribas spoke to reporters after leaving the Vicente Calderón on Tuesday, having spent a couple of hours hammering out the details of Diego’s switch.
Earlier that day, Radio Marca had claimed Atleti and Wolfsburg were close to agreeing a one-year loan agreement with an €8 to €10 million purchase option for the Brazilian.
In other transfer news, according to AS, Atlético took Liverpool’s ‘Dani’ Pacheco on loan with a purchase option on Wednesday before loaning him off to Rayo Vallecano.
Rayo were expected to sign the attacking midfielder directly from the Reds, but Caminero intervened as part of Atleti’s new strategy of snatching up promising young talent.
Pacheco took part in the recent U-20 World Cup in Colombia alongside Koke and Pulido with the Spanish youth side.
Longtime Rojiblanco target ‘Dani’ Osvaldo on the other hand, is on the verge of a Roma transfer.
UPDATE: Atlético have confirmed, through their official site, that they have signed Dani Pacheco on loan and that he will play at Rayo this year, as reported earlier.