Transfer news

Atletico make Gomez move

May 14, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Atletico Madrid have made a move to sign Catania attacker Alejandro Papu Gomez, according to the Serie A club’s president.

Catania attacker Alejandro Gomez is a target for Atletico Madrid
GettyImagesAlejandro Gomez is one of a number of attackers under consideration by Atletico Madrid

Gomez, 25, played under Atletico coach Diego Simeone at Catania in 2011 and previously at Argentine side San Lorenzo in 2009 and 2010.

The hard-working forward is under contract at the Sicilian club until June 2015, but talks about a reported €10 million transfer had already begun, Antonino Pulvirenti revealed to AS.

"The negotiations with Atletico Madrid have begun very well," Pulvirenti said. "There are various serious offers, [but] Atletico are close to finalising the transfer."

While Radamel Falcao is thought likely to leave the Estadio Vicente Calderon, perhaps for newly promoted nouveau riche Ligue 1 side Monaco, Atletico are expected to sign a new centre-forward in the summer.

As Gomez is not known as an out-and-out goalscorer [his best season tally to date was 12 in 2008-09], other targets including Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo, Porto’s Jackson Martinez and Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz are also reportedly under consideration.