Real Madrid could have been lining up with the Uruguayan forward this term if Atletico had agreed...Atletico Madrid rejected a bid from arch rivals Real Madrid for star centre-forward Diego Forlan over the summer, despite being offered several players in return.
Los Colchoneros' delegate general, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, has revealed that Real president Florentino Perez called him to put the deal on the table.
Forlan was top scorer in Spain and Europe last term, and Madrid saw him as the ideal player to front their new look side, but Atletico were not prepared to sell.
"Florentino called me personally to ask about Forlan," Gil Marin was quoted as saying by El Mundo Deportivo.
"He explained that Real Madrid were prepared to meet his buy-out clause but not completely in money, also using players.
"They offered the Dutch players [Rafael van der Vaart, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben] and also [Javier] Saviola, [Gabriel] Heinze, Javi Garcia and [Alvaro] Negredo, but we could not upset the supporters."
Throughout the summer speculation raged about whether Atletico would be able to keep hold of their stars, and Gil Marin has revealed how much the club could have banked.
"We had offers for Forlan, [Sergio] Aguero, [Paulo] Assuncao and Simao that totalled almost €120 million," he added.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com