Arsenal and Spurs on alert as contract talks stall

Athletico Madrid forward Adrian LopezAtletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez is yet to agree to an improved contract offer after considering his future at the club, according to The Metro.

The 24-year-old was thought to be of interest from Spanish giants Barcelona as well as Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur during the summer but subsequently decided to remain in Madrid after the Spanish club promised him an improved salary. However, Adrian is thought to be considering his options as he seeks a move away from Atletico.

Arsenal were rumoured to be for Adrian as a replacement for Robin van Persie who left for Manchester United in the summer whilst Tottenham were thought be in for the Spanish ace in order to bolster their attacking options at White Hart Lane.

The forward has caught the eye of the major European clubs after a string of impressive performances which saw Atletico win the Europa League and achieve a respectable fifth-placed finish in La Liga last season.

The speedy striker firmly established himself as a first-team regular in Madrid’s line-up which consequentially saw former Arsenal ace Jose Antonio Reyes shipped to Sevilla in search of regular first-team action.

Adrian has already had a flourishing start to his football career. The striker won the Golden Boot award in the under-21 European Championships in Denmark in 2011 which saw Spain lift the coveted trophy.

As a result of Lopez’s impressive form last campaign, he made his full international debut for Spain in a 2-0 victory over Serbia in the May of this year. However, Adrian failed to make enough of an impact to break into the 23-man-squad for Spain’s successful European Championship campaign.

The Spaniard still has a further three years left on his contract at Madrid after joining the La Liga outfit from Deportivo la Coruna on a free transfer in June 2011. However, Lopez’s release clause means that he can be lured away from the Vicente Calderon for a fee of £14.5 million.

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