Friday, 13th July, 2012
Andre Villas-Boas-led Tottenham Hotspur have made Atletico Madrid striker Adrian their main target to strengthen the club’s attacking options for the 2012/13 campaign.
According to Spanish daily Marca, Spurs have already contacted the young Spanish international and have offered him a deal which will triple his yearly wages.
The player would also not cost Tottenham an exorbitant transfer fee if he accepts the White Hart Lane outfit’s offer, as the striker has an €18M buy-out clause in his current contract with Atletico Madrid.
Adrian has seemingly also set his heart on joining the London-based team after rejecting a contract extension offered by the Red and Whites.
Even though Adrian still has three years left on his contract with last season’s Europa League winners, if the young forward continues to rebuff negotiations put forward by the Atletico Madrid management then Los Colchoneros may well lose the player this summer when Spurs match the 24-year-old’s release clause.
Adrian joined Atletico Madrid just one year ago on a free transfer after he left Deportivo La Coruna. The young Spaniard scored seven goals in 35 appearances in La Liga last season and quickly established himself as a regular at the Vicente Calderon.
The forward was so impressive in the 2011/12 La Liga season that he even gained a call-up to Spain’s national side – and scored a goal on his debut too.
Adrian is regarded highly by Atletico Madrid and the most unsettling thing for the officials at Vicente Calderon is the fact that the striker may leave for just €18M, which is less than they consider to be his current market value.
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