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Diego Forlan linked with a Mumbai City FC return

Diego Forlan could be set to return to Mumbai City FC’s fold for next season’s Indian Super League. Forlan has been a free agent after leaving Mumbai City at the end of ISL-3, it is also believed that other teams are also circling around the former World Cup Golden Ball winner

Forlan joined United in 2002 and was initially a joke figure at the club after taking almost seven months to score his first goal from open play.However, he soon became a hero after netting two in a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield a year later.

Forlan left Old Trafford for Villarreal in 2004.He won the La Liga and European Golden Boot in his first season and helped the Yellow Submarine reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2006.He joined Atletico Madrid a year later and was once again the leading marksman in Spain, while he also scored twice in the 2010 Europa League final victory over Fulham.Forlan was voted the best player at that summer’s World Cup and earned a move to dethroned European champions Inter Milan a year later.However, he struggled in Italy and the Uruguayan joined Brazilian side Internacional after just one season.He then played for Japanese side Cerezo Osaka and hometown club Penarol, before signing for Mumbai.

It is also believed that Norwegian top-flight club Sandefjord have been heavily linked with the 38-year-old in the recent past, bus his return to Mumbai is more likely because Sandfjord scout Terje Liverod said that Forlan’s demand is unrealistic for them.

“We are working on a deal to get Forlan to Sandefjord. The opportunity to sign him is there, but we are talking about a lot of money, so we have to be realistic.” he added.

Where as finances are not a concern for Mumbai City FC. The Blue Army could offer as much as $600,000 to the Uruguayan in a three-year deal, an amount unlikely to be hijacked by Sandfjord.

Mumbai City have also retained two of their key players from last season in Lucian Goian and Gerson Vieira.