Atletico move for Reyes
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Antonio Reyes is on the brink of joining Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.Jose Antonio Reyes is on the brink of joining Atletico Madrid, according to reports emanating from Spain.
Spanish daily Marca claims Atletico have pipped city rivals Real Madrid to the signing of the Spanish international.
Reyes has been searching for a move away from Arsenal all summer after spending all of last season on loan at El Santiago Bernabeu.
The former Sevilla star had hoped to stay at Real after helping them to win La Liga, but the Spanish champions could not agree a fee with Arsenal to turn the loan move permanent.
French champions Lyon also expressed an interest in the 23-year-old, but they were pessimistic on their chances of landing Reyes because of the player's desire to move to Spain.
Atletico are now ready to offer Reyes the chance to secure a permanent move to La Liga by giving him a four-year deal to switch to the Vicente Calderon.
Reyes is hopeful a deal can be agreed soon so that he can prepare for the forthcoming season with his new employers.
"I am delighted to be staying in Madrid. It is certain I will be staying in the capital, although we'll have to wait a little to see where I will be playing," Reyes told Spanish television station La Sexta.
"It has been difficult working by myself and not being able to share a pre-season with my colleagues. For this reason, I am pleased everything is about to be resolved."