Atletico Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, has brought the future of striker Diego Forlan into question. The striker was a central figure in past seasons for the La Liga outfit, but had a lacklustre 2010/11 campaign, managing only 8 goals in 32 league fixtures. As a result, it’s possible that the striker will be moving away from Madrid, and Cerezo has commented that Forlan’s ‘first choice would be the Premier League’.
This news will undoubtedly put many European clubs on high alert, as although his last season may not have been his finest, the 32 year-old previously held a La Liga ratio of 66 goals in 102 games. An enviable record for many-a-striker, never mind one of his age.
Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham will certainly be amongst the favourites to sign the Soth American. The Spurs boss has had his eye on Forlan for some time now, failing with bids in both of the last two transfer windows. Given the fresh news that Cerezo has given however, a third attempt is surely inevitable.
However, Diego Forlan has a flipside, and is of course also famed for being, shall we say, one of the less-effective signings under Sir Alex Ferguson’s regime. His form since then is inspirational though, and Redknapp will be hoping Premier League jitters are a far-off circumstance these days. A sum of around £10m was being mentioned in January when Spurs were courting the Uruguayan at first. That sum is thought to have dropped now though, and the North-London side could be on to a valuable cut-price asset.