UPDATE: Benfica and Eduardo Salvio himself have confirmed that ‘Toto’ is officially a member of the Portuguese side.
In a letter to the “Atlético family” posted on his new website, Salvio wrote the following:
I would like to thank the fans of Atlético Madrid and also apologise for my silence on the social networks during these last days, but these things tend to be like this.
I welcome you all to my web page and I hope that we remain in contact. I leave Atlético Madrid, but they are a part of my life now. I have to confess something to you: at the last training session, I cried like a little kid.
I leave great friends and the best fans possible behind. I will not forget the matches that you made me enjoy at the Calderón. I am proud to be a part of the history of this GREAT club with two Europa League [titles].
I leave sad and happy at the same time. I know that my departure will be good financially for the club. I was very pleased with the team, with Simeone and the coaching staff, but these things tend to happen in football.
I don’t want to forget about all the employees of the club, the physiotherapists, members of the press, workers, those that work with the Fundación…
About everyone that makes up this Atlético family, thanks for making me feel as if I were at home.
I begin a new stage at Benfica, with supporters that I also love and that I know will bring me in again with the same warmth they did a year ago, but I will be attentive to what my Atleti does and I want to keep counting on all of you.
Spanish paper AS reports that the rumoured sale of Atlético winger and forward Eduardo Salvio to Benfica, where he spent the 2010/11 season on loan, has been finalised for the price of €11 million.
That amount is for 80 per cent of the player’s rights, as the Portuguese outfit had previously acquired a 20 per cent share for €2 million back in 2010.
Salvio will reportedly sign a five-year deal with the Lisboa-based club where he is set to earn €1.2 million per season, and the deal will purportedly be officially announced “within the coming hours”.
The 22-year-old is expected in the Portuguese capital for a medical on Tuesday.
While multiple sources had claimed a deal for ‘Toto’ was on the verge of being completed between Atleti and Benfica since late Sunday, the most telling sign of his imminent exit was the fact that he did not travel with the rest of his team-mates for their second trip to Colombia on Monday.
Los Rojiblancos purchased Salvio from Argentine top flight side Lanús in January of 2010 for a fee between €8 to €10 million. Billed as the “jewel of Argentina” at the time, Toto struggled to earn a starting job under three coaches until countryman Diego Simeone handed him more opportunities in March of this year–his most impressive month as a Colchonero.
In a span of nine appearances from March through April, Salvio tallied six goals, including crucial strikes in the knockout phase of our title-winning Europa League run.
Do you think this was good business by the club, or do you think we should’ve held on to Toto?