Atletico plotting late Silva swoop

Atletico Madrid have emerged as surprise contenders to sign Valencia midfielder David Silva, according to reports in Spain. Silva, like team-mate and fellow countryman David Villa, has long been linked with a move away from the cash-strapped Los Che, with Real Madrid, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea all strongly tipped to land the 23-year-old midfielder, who has made 89 league outings for Valencia. Both Silva and Villa now appear to be staying at the Mestalla for the 2009/10 campaign after the pair broke their media silences to pledge their allegiance to the Valencia cause. However, according to AS, la Liga rivals Atletico are now plotting a late swoop for the playmaker's services, with the rojiblancos  set to try and lure the Spanish international - who has 27 caps for his country - with the prospect of playing Champions League football. Atletico are favourites to progress from their qualifying tie with Panathinaikos, after winning the first leg 3-2 in Greece last Wednesday. NEWS: Silva happy to stay a Mestalla man