Luciano Vietto signs six-year deal with Atlético

Argentine striker becomes long-awaited first summer signing

Vietto and Simeone embrace earlier in the season

Vietto and Simeone embrace earlier in the season

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?

  • Arthur

    I want him to take number 7 and Griezmann to be our 10!

  • Absolutely ecstatic – great signing! We got our man!


    he will develop under simeone..
    i know this is not happening but i wish atleti will play 4-3-3 with grizi-jackson-vietto up front with koke and new CM and DM support in mid
    hope we will sign experience CB and a good left back too…

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I think Oliver should take number 10, number 7 fits Grizi perfectly, number 11 is available

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    So his clause was 20 million, but we paid 22 to avoid high taxes and involved Leo in the deal .. if I owned a football club, I would try very hard to make business with Gil every single transfer window .. what a generous man !!

    However, still a good price for a player like Vietto, for me, he is our star signing this summer, not Jakson, even if the Colombian cost 13 million more, and I’m waiting for better performance and more goals and assists from Vietto if he got the same number of minutes as Jakson

  • Chewie

    Our team is getting younger and younger. Soon the veterans will leave and the coach (hopefully it’ll still be Simeone) will have a chance to build a young, energetic, and hungry team. It feels so damn good to be witnessing the best era in Atletico’s history, and the transfer window is full of pleasant surprises. Give me more transfers like this!

  • Rowly

    I’d like to see 4-3-3 too.

    GK: Oblak / Moya
    RB: Juanfran / Gamez
    CB: Godin / ?
    CB: Gimenez / ?
    LB: ? / Siquiera
    CM: Koke / Oliver
    CM: Gabi / Tiago
    CM: ? / Saul
    RF: Vietto / Garcia
    CF: Martinez / Torres
    LF: Griezmann / Correa

    I assume Mario Suarez will be leaving and Raul Jimenez on loan too. So first choice LB & CM needed and cover at CB.

  • Kris

    Finally, some good news.
    I will also be glad to see Leo Baptistao play for Villarreal. He’s not gonna be getting any minutes at Atletico, so might as well let him develop at a EL club like Villarreal.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Oblak (22)
    Manquillo (21) – Gimenez (20) – Mbemba (21) – Lucas (19)
    Koke (23) – Oliver (20)
    Griezmann (24) – Saul (20) – Correa (20)
    Vietto (21)

    a starting XI with age average of 21 years !!

    Of course some of those won’t have a place with us this season,
    The Club just announced on its website that Manquillo won’t play for a second season on loan with Liverpool like they have agreed last year (good news for me, after a good start, the kid had very few minutes since the beginning of 2015), the club also said that he won’t join the team’s pre-season either, they are looking for another club to loan him to, I think it’s a good idea, since Juanfran is still undisputed while Cholo seems to like Gamez very much

    We are not sure if Mbema is coming, and if he did he surly won’t have a first role this season, but he seems to have huge potential

    And while loaning Lucas seems the best option, I read that Simeone wants him with the first team this season, Lucas himself said that in an interview
    I don’t think it’s a good idea, Simeone said the same thing about Oliver but ended up giving him very few minutes then loaned him after all, for a season and a half
    I’m also not sure what position will Lucas end up with : CB or LB, but it’s a good thing he can play in both

    This would be a very great team, and we should fight very hard to keep every single one of those 11, who include 5 canteranos, and of course should be captained by Koke