Reports are suggesting Raul Garcia is on the verge of leaving Atletico Madrid and completing a return to Osasuna by next week. However, where both clubs and the player have agreed that the No 8 will spend next season at the Reyno de Navarra, the terms of the deal are holding up its completion.
Osasuna’s inability to realistically meet Atletico’s desire of recouping some of the €13m they paid the Pamplona outfit for the player back in 2007 means a number of possibilities are being lined up.
Atleti are considering loaning the player to Osasuna for 12 months with the view to attracting interest next summer, but this interestingly requires Garcia to renew his current Atletico contract as it expires in June 2012. Another option is to insert a sell-on clause in the deal – 20-50% – to guarantee a financial return should he then be sold to another club by Osasuna. That would still only represent a maximum €4m future fee in light of the fact it is understood Garcia has negotiated a contract with Osasuna for a 50% reduction in wages on a four-year deal and only a €8m buy-out clause inserted.
The midfielder is thought surplus to requirements having failed to live up to expectations in four seasons at Atletico and with the club finding too many midfielders on their roster for 2011-12. AS even reported earlier in the summer the possibility of the club releasing the player on a free transfer in light of failing to find a buyer, whilst reports on the negotiations with Osasuna also do not confirm if a fee for the initial move is part of the anticipated deal.
The 25-year-old midfielder initially signed for Atletico back in 2007 to join former Rojillos Coach Javier Aguirre in the capital. This had followed the youngster’s rise to prominence under Aguirre in Pamplona that saw Osasuna finish fourth in La Liga in 2005-06. Aguirre left in 2006 to take over at the Calderon whilst Garcia played a key role the following year in Osasuna’s run to the UEFA Cup semi-finals, before Atleti picked him up for a €13m transfer the following summer.
Garcia’s potential return to the club would help ease the loss in the past year of several key names including Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran – now at Atletico – Nacho Monreal and Javier Camu