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Atletico Madrid join Liverpool and Man City in 14m battle to sign Zarate

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16 Apr 2009 13:49:41

Atletico Madrid join Liverpool and Man City in 14m battle to sign Zarate

Atletico Madrid are set to do battle with Liverpool, Manchester United and City in the summer transfer market. Atletico are ready to enter the race for Liverpool and City target Mauro Zarate - but their No 1 target is Valencia winger David Silva, who would be a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo if the Portugal winger moves to Real Madrid this summer. United were in for Silva last summer but Valencia were unwilling to do business. However, with Valencia heavily in debt, the time now appears right to cash in and Atletico are ready to pay more than £20million, according to Spanish paper As. Silva bullet: Spain and Valencia striker David Silva scores against Chelsea in the Champions League Porto midfielder Lucho Gonzalez would be an alternative to the 23-year-old Spain international. The bid would be dependent on the Spanish club raising cash by qualifying for next season's Champions League and selling unwanted players such as Jose Antonio Reyes, who has spent the season on loan at Benfica. They also face a battle to keep star striker Sergio Aguero and his partner Diego Forlan. With the prospect of a depleted forward line, they are lining up a move for former Birmingham striker Zarate, who has scored 11 goals in 30 Serie A matches for Lazio this season. Target: Lazio striker Mauro Zarate (left) has many suitors With his Rome club struggling to agree a permanent deal for the Argentine with Qatari side Al-Sadd, Inter Milan, as well as Liverpool and City, are thought to have shown an interest. But Atletico believe they can snatch the player for about the £14million mark. Meanwhile, Atletico have pencilled in a pre-season friendly at Liverpool on Sunday, August 9, as part of an agreement struck when Fernando Torres joined the Reds nearly two years ago.  Liverpool and Man City in line to nab £20m former Birmingham striker ZarateLIVERPOOL FC


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