Atlético Madrid have finally confirmed their first signing of the summer, as Luciano Vietto’s transfer from Villarreal was made official on Tuesday night.
It’s been common knowledge for the best part of a month now, but the clubs have now formalised the move, and the Argentine has agreed a deal that will keep him at the Calderón until 2021.
Neither entity disclosed the official fee that was paid, but we are led to believe that the red and whites have paid in the region of €22 million for the young striker.
Vietto will re-unite with former manager Diego Simeone, who gave him his debut as a teenager at Racing Club back in 2011.
The 21 year-old has been something of a revelation since moving to Spain last year, scoring 20 goals in 47 games as the Yellow Submarine qualified for the Europa League.
Back in December he scored a late winner in Villarreal’s 1-0 smash and grab win against Atleti in the capital, and has supposedly been on the club’s radar for quite a while now.
He plays mainly as a second striker, and has earned comparisons to former Atleti favourite Sergio Agüero due to his quick feet, clever movement and link-up play.
Whether he will take Kun’s number 10 shirt – now vacant with the departure of Arda Turan – is yet to be confirmed, although the club have stated that he will start training with the rest of his new team mates from tomorrow.
We are also still waiting for the official seal on Jackson Martínez’s transfer from Porto, but the Colombian is set to be the man joining Vietto in our strike force next seasn.
Meanwhile, Léo Baptistão is rumoured to be moving to Villarreal on a loan deal as part of the negotiation, having spent last year at Rayo Vallecano.
How do you see Vietto fitting in to the team? Do you expect the floodgates to open now in terms of new signings?