Atletico Madrid target Manchester City star David Silva - EXCLUSIVE

19 February 2011 01:45
EXCLUSIVEAtletico Madrid are planning a shock summer move for Manchester City's homesick winger David Silva.

After taking a few weeks to adapt to life in the Premier League, Silva has been one of City's best players this season but is struggling with life in England, particularly the weather.

Homeward bound: Atletico Madrid are planning a summer move for homesick Manchester City winger David Silva

Silva comes from Gran Canaria where the average winter temperature is 23 degrees Celsius and wanted to stay in Spain when he left Valencia in the summer but City were the only club prepared to pay the ?24million asking price.

Silva's struggle to adapt to life in Manchester has alerted Atletico, who wanted to sign him last season and they have already held talks with his agent Julio Llorente.

Pain game: Silva has struggled to settle at City since his ?24million arrival from Valencia at the start of the season

Atletico are aware that even if City could be persuaded to sell one of the best assets they would want to at least recuperate the money they paid for the 25-year-old but they are willing to negotiate and offer players in part exchange.

City will be hoping Silva changes his mind about life in England, especially following last weekend's super display in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford, in which he scored City's goal in a 2-1 defeat.

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