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.
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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.