Luciano Vietto is close to reuniting with his former boss for €22 million, according to radio station COPE.
Atletico Madrid have decided to buy Vietto from Villarreal for 22 million euros and not the 20 million clause. Why?
If Atleti were to purchase Vietto via the buyout clause, the club would have to pay roughly 40 percent in taxes, elevating the price to €28 million.
Instead, the club has made a bid higher than the release clause, 22 million, in order to avoid the taxes, pay a lower fee, and pay Villarreal a bit more. Everyone wins.
The Argentine has been on Cholo’s shortlist the whole season and now it seems like this transfer will soon become a reality.
Reports have it that the 21-year-old will sign a five year contract with the rojiblancos.
A week ago, Vietto said that it would be best for all parties if Atleti paid his release clause. Now it looks like Atleti will make their move and the Argentine will be the first signing of the season.
Even though he was born in Argentina, Vietto holds an Italian passport which means he will not take up a non-EU spot on the team.
The club currently has Miranda, Jimenez, Correa and Gimenez as non EU players. Spanish rules only allow three non EU players per squad and if rumors are to be believed, both Miranda and Jimenez will not be in Madrid for the coming season.
We expect more on Vietto soon.
What do you make of the news – and is Vietto the player we were hoping for this summer?