Atlético Madrid have announced that a deal has been agreed to sign Alessio Cerci from Torino, subject to a medical and the striker signing a three-year deal.
The fee is unclear so far, but Atleti have done well to beat out Arsenal, AC Milan and Juventus, who have all been repeatedly linked with the player.
The 27-year old Italian forward, who has up until now never played for a club outside of Italy, was included in the Azzurri’s 23 man squad for this summer’s World Cup.
He has been the driving force behind Torino’s 7th placed finish in Serie A last season, and Cerci finished with the most assists in the league, tied with Francesco Totti at 10.
In our last two games against Eibar and Rayo, it’s been clear that we lacked a creative spark with the absence of Arda Turan from the team through injury, and Atleti will be delighted to finalise the signing after weeks of negotiation.
“We’ve had to make an important effort after all the work we did this summer – but we’re convinced that it was worth it. We consider Cerci key to our team,” said Atlético Sporting Directer Jose Luis Caminero.
“Cerci will bring us penetration, speed and goals. He gives us more options in attack. Reaching an agreement is a joy for everyone.”
It is said that Cerci was brought to the Vicente Calderón after a special request from Cholo Simeone.
Atlético may rush through the presentation in what is likely to be the final signing of a hectic transfer window – one which slams shut tonight. Although Alderweireld and Cristian Rodriguez could still leave Madrid.
What do you think of the signing? Do you want us to sign anyone else before the window closes?