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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Atletico keen on Zenit's Alves

Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Zenit St Petersburg defender Bruno Alves could be set for a summer move from Russia to Atletico Madrid, according to the player's own father.

Washington Alves told Spanish paper AS on Wednesday that his son will not force a transfer but would be happy to move if the two clubs were in agreement.

"Bruno would have no problem going to Atletico, once there was an agreement with Zenit," said Washington Alves. "We know clubs are interested, but Bruno will not put pressure on Zenit. He respects the investment they have made in him. Everything comes down to a deal between the clubs and his agent Jorge Mendes."

Alves senior, who was born in Brazil and played for Portuguese club Varzim, said that the Spanish league would suit Bruno's style of play.

"I tried to pass on to him the Brazilian style, and his build-up play from the break has improved a lot," he said. "He is technical, forceful, with a good shot, very good in the air and very experienced. He would develop very well in La Liga."

A move could be helped by Mendes' close working relationship with Atletico, although AS say any deal would depend on Los Colchoneros first moving on Uruguayan centre-half Diego Godin. The Uruguayan is reportedly available for around €10 million, and of interest to Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City.

That chain of events could be scuppered by Zenit's interest in Alves' former Porto teammate Hulk. English media reports Wednesday suggested that the Russian side could offer 40 million plus the tough tackling defender to seal a deal for the Brazilian attacker, but ESPN understands that offer comes up short.

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