Real Valladolid were reportedly unaware midfielder Patrick Ebert was meeting with Atletico Madrid sporting director Jose Luis Caminero this week.
Marca pictured the German attacker meeting with Caminero on Wednesday, suggesting that it was the latest development in Atleti’s reported interest in picking up the 26-year-old.
Reportedly asked for comment on the situation, Valladolid have remained silent, understood to have been uninformed of Ebert’s meeting with Caminero.
The club are seen as keeping quiet on the issue so as to maintain as much focus as possible on the weekend test at home to Osasuna, where a win could all but guarantee their League status for another year.
Ebert carries an €8m buyout clause in his contract, which runs through to June 2014.