Marca, based in Madrid, this afternoon say that Tottenham Hotspur are set to pay the buy-out clause for Atletico striker Adrian. The payment set in his contract is €18m and Marca say that Spurs would treble his wages, making it an opportunity he's not likely to turn down.
The 24 year old scored 7 La Liga goals last season but netted an impressive 10 times as the club completed a victorious Europa League campaign, added to a cup goal that made his goal tally 18 for his first season with the club.
Atletico want to try everything to keep the player and upon hearing of interest from the London club they contacted Adrian's representatives with a view to offering an improved contract and increasing his buy-out clause.
Marca say that Adrian would be happy to continue at Atletico Madrid having joined them on a free transfer last summer, but that he will not do that at any cost to himself and is tempted by the offer Tottenham are preparing.
Barcelona have also been linked with the player in the past and Adrian, who made his debut for the Spanish national side this year, is thought to prefer to stay in La Liga. Atletico believe his market value is far higher than the €18m buy-out clause but are aware that without a new contract they are powerless if Adrian agrees to terms offered by Tottenham and the London club meet the amount stated.
Marca say Andre Villas Boas has approved the Tottenham move for Adrian and wants the player at White Hart Lane. It's certainly a new name to be so heavily linked with Spurs and Marca are running this as their main story this afternoon.
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