According to AS, Atlético club officials have given Eduardo Salvio the following ultimatum: he can either choose to remain in Madrid and be ineligible to play until a non-EU spot becomes available, or he can choose to leave on loan and play elsewhere until then.
The former Lanús man has indicated that he would prefer to play at another club until the winter transfer window opens. Italian side Fiorentina is said to be interested in Toto, and the player’s representative traveled to Madrid yesterday expecting to meet with Pitarch soon to hammer out a deal.
If the young striker doesn’t leave, he will continue to train with Atleti – a scenario that manager Quique Sánchez Flores favours, as he would like to closely supervise Salvio’s progress. Just as it was rumoured to be with Diego Costa when all signs pointed to his departure, Toto is expected to return to the team for the second half of the campaign.
On his decision, Quique had this to say:
“Regarding Salvio or Diego Costa, the decision has been made. I would like to keep all the non-EU players, but it cannot be. I have thought about the best solution for the first three months.”
Ever since the 20-year old’s arrival in January, playing time has been scarce and a series of setbacks have not helped him to win over his coach. Reports from Argentina even claim that the forward fought with Quique.
Another factor working against Salvio was that his signing was not requested by Sánchez Flores. It was Sporting Director Jesús García Pitarch who pushed for his purchase and ordered that the club spend €8 million on the footballer just eight months ago.
A loan wouldn’t be all that bad for Eduardo. A brief stint with another team, whether it be in Spain or elsewhere, will likely give the striker more opportunities to develop and prove his worth.
With this decision and defender Leandro Cabrera’s recent loan deal, our passport problems look to be resolved. The three non-EU roster spots will be reserved for Argentine Sergio “Kun” Agüero, Uruguayan Diego Godín and Brazilian Diego Costa.
Do you think Quique made the right decision?