Where Will Diego Forlan End Up?

Bill GardnerContributor IJuly 27, 2010

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 10:  Diego Forlan of Uruguay in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Third Place Play-off match between Uruguay and Germany at The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on July 10, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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     Coming off what can only be described as an amazing run of form Diego Forlan is considering cashing in his Athletico jersey for some really big money. Getting Uruguay to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup and winning the Golden Ball as the World Cup’s best player is a big accomplishment for any player, but Forlan had already had a huge year even before the start of the tournament. Diego lead perennial La Liga losers Athletico Madrid to the Europa League Final where he singlehandedly won it for them, breaking Fulham fans hearts everywhere in the process. Now Diego Forlan is poised to cash in on his new found respect among football’s elite teams. The Forlan transfer rumors are flying about like insects in Africa.  It is vindication for a player who struggled getting on the pitch consistently at Manchester United though he did perform reasonably well when given the chance. Is he going to Serie A? Juventus are rumored to be offering in excess of $30 million for his rights. Or will it be the EPL where Spurs manager Harry Rednapp is said to have already made an offer in the same range.

  His five goal tally at the World Cup does not tell the full story of his impact on the pitch. He was brilliant at playing in his teammates and holding up the ball under immense pressure. Forlan now sits at the pinnacle of an already stellar football career, where can he go from here, or more precisely where will he go from here?  

   My guess is not Juventus why would a player leave Spain to play for an Italian Team who is not in the Champions League? Will Harry Rednapp convince Forlan to return to the rain and cold of London for a chance at revenge against Manchester United and a remote shot at getting to the knock out stages in the Champions League? He’s only Harry Rednapp not Harry Houdini.  

Diego Forlan is going nowhere until he leads Athletico to the Super Cup over last year’s Champions League winner Inter Milan. After the game he will announce that he has signed with Inter.