German daily Bild has learned that Atletico Madrid have joined the race for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.
The Germany international has made it clear that he wants to leave Alianz Arena in the upcoming transfer window and he has since been linked with a number of high-profile sides.
While Fiorentina and Napoli were believed to be leading the race, Atletico Madrid seem to have moved to the front of the queue.
According to Marca, los Colchoneros see Gomez as a perfect replacement for Radamel Falcao and they have already opened talks with his representatives.
The 27-year-old is valued at around €35 million by Bayern chiefs, which seems too much for Atletico, but the Spanish side are not yet ready to give up on the highly rated attacker.
Mario Gomez has been in scintillating form ever since he joined the Bavarians from Stuttgart, netting 75 times in 115 Bundesliga matches.