Atletico in for Rosicky and Maniche

December 15, 2005

MADRID, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid are bidding to sign Portugal midfielder Maniche and Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Rosicky, Spanish sports daily Marca reported on Thursday.

Maniche, 28, plays for Dynamo Moscow after joining for a Russian league record 16 million euros ($18.72 million) from Porto last May.

He caused a storm in the Russia media in September when he said he wanted to leave the country because his family were unhappy.

The 25-year-old Rosicky is contracted to Borussia Dortmund until 2008, but the German side could be persuaded to sell him for financial reasons.

Atletico are keen to bolster the centre of their midfield after a disappointing start to the Primera Liga season. They lie 10th after 15 games.