All it took was for Diego Simeone to pound his fists on the table for Atlético to get the ball rolling when it came to reining in reinforcements.
Three days after the signing of David Villa was made official, Atleti have confirmed a deal that will bring Martín Demichelis to the Vicente Calderón for one year.
The Argentine centre-back joins Atlético from Málaga, where he spent two-and-a-half years after suiting up for Bayern Munich for seven-and-a-half seasons.
According to AS, Simeone was very instrumental in convincing his 32-year-old countryman to agree to the move.
The defender arrives free after failing to renew his contract with Málaga, and is said to have a pre-agreement to return to his first club, River Plate, after the 2013/14 campaign.
Demichelis will be replacing ‘Cata’ Díaz, who, in all likelihood, will sign with his former club Boca Juniors shortly.
The transfer also comes two days after Joel and Sílvio headed out the other direction, with the goalkeeper permanently joining Everton and the Portuguese fullback being loaned out to Benfica for a single term.