The first priority is Colombian International & OPORTO forward FALCAO. This operation has been a tough one with Oporto knowing well that Atletico has just received a healthy flow of cash. There has been various options & formulas for buying; spliting payments, variables & players etc, but it looks as if it will be a payment in parts & hefty (38M€). The key however was the players public comments this weekend saying that he would "love" to go to Atletico because its a fabulous career opportunity, important piece as it releases pressures off the Club with its fan-base. Apparently there is agreement between Clubs & they are discussing payment methods today before making things official: apparently.
But Atletico wish to go all out up front. The second signing could be ESPANYOL forward OSVALDO to join upfront in the attack FALCAO. The Espanyol player has a juicy offer from AC Roma, but according to Spanish Sports paper "AS" Atletico & Espanyol bosses have already met to shut things & the operation would be 20M€ ( 16M€ cash plus 4 in variables). Plus Osvaldo has an "agreement" with Atletico which just needs the Clubs to only OK things.
So great. What about DIEGO FORLAN?
Here is the key. Atletico de Madrid has to sell first Forlan so as to sign Osvaldo, this may delay this last operation. The other player in this chess game is "INTER MILAN" who are about to lose Samuel Eto´o to Russian Football. The Italians wish to substitute Eto´o with Forlan - & here is another key - to which the Uruguayan has said that he would see well going to Inter Milan.
So, interesting couple of hours & days ahead at Atletico de Madrid as everyone awaits the fall of the first domino to set off the chain reaction of events. That is, first Falcao, then Eto´o, followed by Forlan & lastly Osvaldo.