Brazilian midfielder Diego appears set to leave Wolfsburg, with La Liga outfit Atlético Madrid understood to be keen on taking the 28-year-old back to the Vicente Calderón.
Diego’s current deal at the Bundesliga club expires in June 2014, with Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking acknowledging: “We’ll have to see if it makes sense to extend his contract.” In the wake of Hecking’s comments, the players’ father and agent has told Brazilian news service Lancenet that he could be set for a return to the Spanish capital.
“The club that has been talking to me lately is Atlético Madrid,” said Djair Cunha, before going on to highlight the “affection that the club has always shown towards Diego.” He continued: “On Wednesday, the president will possibly be in Germany to talk to Wolfsburg.”
Diego, who spent the 2011-12 season on loan at Atleti, would complete his return to the club in the winter transfer window, with Atlético paying a nominal fee for a player entering the final six months of his deal. “He can sign a pre-contract [with another club] from January onwards,” said Cunha. “Atlético Madrid would pay a small sum in compensation to bring the deal forward. That has to be discussed.”
Atlético are not the only team interested in securing his services. There have also been enquiries from Flamengo and Botafogo in his native Brazil, as well as an offer from the United Arab Emirates.
“I listened to the interested clubs in Brazil, but we couldn’t reach an agreement on financial terms,” Cunha admitted. “We also received an offer from the UAE, but it isn’t the right time. The plan is to stay in Europe for another four years.”