Atleti reach €12m Savic agreement with Fiorentina

Mario Suárez moving the other way as Atleti close on central defender

Savic celebrates scoring against Cesena

Savic celebrates scoring against Cesena

Atlético Madrid have reached an agreement to buy Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic to bolster their back-line, in a €12 million deal that will also see Mario Suárez move to the Italian club.

The Montenegrian is due in Madrid on Monday to undergo medical tests, before joining up with Diego Simeone and the team at pre-season training in Los Ángeles de San Rafael.

The 24-year-old was set to fly to North America to take part in the International Champions Cup, however only 45 minutes before departure, Savic received a call telling him that an agreement had been reached in the ongoing negotiations with Atlético Madrid.

The defender was pictured saying goodbye to his Viola teammates at the airport.

The transfer also brings an end to the Mario Suárez saga. The canterano has been linked with the exit for months, and after drifting in and out of the Atlético team, it looks like the Madrid-born player’s days in a red and white shirt are up.

Mario will fly to Florence on Monday to complete his medical tests.

Los rojiblancos had been chasing a central defender after letting two leave in the last few weeks. First Miranda departed for Italy, before Alderweireld made his move to England permanent.

The 24-year-old Savic will provide competition for José Giménez and Godín in the centre of the Atleti defence. Savic is a player Atlético had been working on signing for weeks, and was allegedly at the top of their priorities.

Savic was a key part of the Fiorentina side that reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, only to be knocked out by Sevilla.

His inclusion in the Fiorentina defence has helped them to multiple fourth-place finishes in Serie A.


  • Arjit Barua

    Wait, is this 12m PLUS Mario?!

  • Yes it’s supposed to be €15m in total

  • Kris

    What the fuck? Can he play defensive mid?

  • Kris

    And Is Mario worth only that much? Or how much is this guy worth???

  • Strong competition with Griezmann now. Who was the uglier mustache? 🙂

  • BlasiusMagnus

    i think not, but he can play anywhere in the back.

  • BlasiusMagnus

    it’s a bit pricey, innit? maybe mario’s price dropped so much in the last year that only worth a few million €? or simeone and the gang didnt give a shit about that, basically they got savic, and get rid of mario.
    anyway i liked mario, i wish him luck and more minutes to show the talent he has, deep inside…
    ciao, mario!

  • Andres

    saying Mario is worth 3M?? What the actual fuck?!

  • Chewie

    Transfermarkt lists Savic at £10 and Mario at £7. There is no way the deal could be like this, it’s just very bad business. It’s like letting our canterano go for £1m or even free.
    Plus, I don’t remember Savic as a solid player – wasn’t he a failure in England?

  • Arjit Barua

    I hope he is REALLY REALLY good in that case…I read somewhere else that it’s a loan for Mario with 12m buy option. Which would make more sense even though I’d prefer Mario leave on a permanent transfer.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Velazquez doesn’t have a European passport, so there is no place for him right now

  • Chewie

    Then I’d rather see a 30 year old player for 5-7 million and sell Mario for 5-7 million.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Look guys, when it comes to financial issues at Atleti, we all are Jon Snow, know nothing

    I read once that one of the most difficult things for a sports journalist in Spain is to get an information about Atletico Madrid in Gil era .
    We didn’t pay 40 M for Falcao and we didn’t receive 60 M after selling him, we didn’t pay 16 million for Cerci, we weren’t told if Miranda was sold to Inter or loaned for 3 seasons with a purchase option, we don’t know exactly how much our debt is, nobody knows how much we get from our sponsors, I could tell you how much Nike pays Barca, Man Utd, Man City & PSG, but I couldn’t find even a rumor or a wild guess about how much they pay us, and every season they say we are moving to the new stadium after one year !
    Many other clubs announce the financial details of their selling and buying on their official websites, just like what Porto did with Jackson few weeks ago, some clubs even announce the players salaries, but Gil’s Atleti is a secret society more than a sport club .

    I will not discuss the financial side of this deal until I get a solid information .

    About Savic, since my compatriot Mohammad Salah joined Fiorentina last January, I only missed 3 of their games -in all 3 competitions- and while Salah was by far their best player, there were 2 other players I liked, Savic and Neto the GK .
    He is a good defender who can play as a center back or a full back, on both sides, he is young, tall, doesn’t receive a lot of yellow cards (although this could change with Spanish refereeing) and he scores goals .
    Maybe some of you preferred other names, but I can tell you this :
    In my opinion, he is better than Toby, and better than Miranda of the last season .
    And I believe he will even improve under Simeone .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    When I see Arteche’s, I can’t call what Grizi & Savic have mustaches !
    Some people already started to call Savic “The New Arteche”, well, I hope he will be with his performance, but his mustache ?! .. not even close .