Atlético Madrid have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Granada for the transfer of left-back Guilherme Siqueira to the capital club.
The 28 year-old spent last season on loan at Benfica, and joins subject to a medical for a fee in the region of €10m.
Siqueira touched down at Barajas Airport in Madrid on Friday to sign a four-year contract with his new club, and spoke of his pride at joining the La Liga champions when speaking with press on arrival.
“This is a dream come true,” he beamed. “Every player wants to play for the big clubs and now I have an opportunity to be a part of the Atlético family. I’m very happy.”
The Brazilian was also asked about the possibility of replacing compatriot Filipe Luís – strongly linked recently with a move to Chelsea – but gave no indication that this would be the case.
“Filipe is a great friend of mine and I’m not here to replace him, I just want to do my job and prove my worth.”
A title-winner himself with Benfica in May, Siqueira holds an Italian passport so will not occupy one of the three non-EU spots in the squad.
He spent two campaigns in the Spanish top flight with Granada prior to moving to Portugal, where he earned a reputation as a formidable spot-kick taker and was often linked to the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
After Ángel Correa and Miguel Ángel Moya, he is the third new face at the Vicente Calderón so far this summer, and will join up with his new teammates on July 7 to begin pre-season training.
What do you make of the signing of Siqueira? Is he ready to take a place in Simeone’s line-up should Filipe depart?