Atleti to seal Rodrigo Caio loan deal

São Paulo midfielder to join after move to Valencia collapsed

Caio set for loan with option to buy (ESPN)

Caio set for loan with option to buy (ESPN)

Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Caio is set to become Atlético Madrid’s latest signing, after passing a medical in Madrid on Tuesday.

The 22 year-old will join on a year-long loan deal from São Paulo according to reports, with an option to buy at the end of the season for an undisclosed fee.

Caio, who is also capable at centre-back, was officially announced as a Valencia player only last week, but the move fell through due to rumoured fitness problems.

Having undergone three medical assessments with Los Che, they decided not to sign him and released a statement on Monday stating that this was due to ‘different problems with the transfer’.

Despite the youngster’s injury , reports in Brazil have suggested that he was offered a different deal upon arrival at the Mestalla that he originally agreed to, and that the two clubs failed to negotiate a payment plan.

Atleti and Sevilla had been linked before Valencia confirmed his signing, and first thing this morning, he and agent Deco were at the FREMAP hospital in Las Rozas to undertake his fourth medical of the week.

Deco works closely with Jorge Mendes and represents his agency Gestifute, fuelling speculation that the rojiblancos have taken Caio as yet another favour to the Portuguese tycoon.

In the past, we’ve seen new players frozen out by Simeone having not been brought to the club at his request, but whether the former Brazil U20 captain falls into that category remains to be seen.

Either way, he does have some pedigree, already representing São Paulo over 100 times in his young career and famously shutting out Neymar in a win over Santos back in 2012.

However, as touched upon his past with injuries is a cause for concern, and only in March did he return from a knee injury that kept him out for over 6 months.

Coincidentally, our last signing from O Tricolor sealed his departure today, and if Caio can achieve half of what Miranda did at the Calderón he’ll have exceeded expectations.

Atleti are yet to make the signing official and will wait until the transfer window opens tomorrow at the very earliest, but all major Spanish outlets have reported that a deal is imminent.

Crucially, he holds dual Brazilian-Italian nationality, so will not take one of the three non-EU spots in the squad.

Do you know anything about Caio? Should we expect anything from him in red and white?

  • starvs

    Alright, I fuck with loans with purchase options, I can deal with this.

    I would have been very unpleased to buy him outright though. He just failed a Valencia medical, doesn’t seem necessary (not ready to play now and we got Kranevitter coming in Jan?), and he’s a Mendes guy (always sketchy as to if actual good or Jorge just trying to move his assets to make money).

    But pretty low risk with a loan, if he suck, peace, if he’s good, buy.

    I wonder what this does to the rumored Kranevitter transfer though, seems like we only need one CDM of the future to develop (not to mention Saul who is so versatile I’m not sure where to include him).

  • Arjit Barua

    I think is might be a very good loan deal to test out how injury prone he really is and/or cover for CM/CB until Kranevitter gets here. And hell, if he actually is good, keep him since he can play defense too.

  • Well, Valencia couldn’t have helped us more. Big thanks for making it cheaper and safer!

    We’ll need 4 MCD in the team. Gabi and Tiago aren’t getting any younger and Mario is hopped to leave soon.

    Kranevittar, Saúl, Rodrigo Caio and Koke will easily do the job which is great considering Caio, Saúl and Koke can play in other positions.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Have a feeling he’ll end up like Elias or Sosa. I’m not so sure why. I have doubts about this signing because of his past injuries and i know absolutely nothing about him. But hopefully he’ll surpass my expectations

  • palestine- atletico

    What a child attitude!!
    Caio decided not to join atleti on loan and will stay with sao paolo for one more season. I hate those people who dont know ehat they want.
    You will regret it Caio… the chance to join Atleti comes once in your life