Atlético Madrid confirmed their fourth summer signing on Monday night, announcing the capture of defender Stefan Savić from Fiorentina on a five-year contract.
The Montenegro international joins for a fee in the region of €12m, with Mario Suárez moving the opposite way as part of the deal.
Savić was supposedly Diego Simeone’s first choice to replace Miranda after his move to Inter, and is already in Los Ángeles de San Rafael with his new teammates.
Upon arrival in Madrid this morning, the 24 year-old spoke highly of his new manager upon, heralding him as ‘one of the best coaches in the world’.
“I’m very happy, I’ve come to a great club,” he told press at Barajas airport. “I’m very eager to join up with the group and meet my teammates.”
“Simeone is one of the world’s best, I hope to be able to speak with him soon and see what he expects from me.”
Having left Manchester City following an unsuccessful spell back in 2012, Savić has enjoyed three excellent seasons in Serie A and was supposedly courted by a number of Europe’s top clubs.
He has represented his country 32 times since debuting as a teenager, and furthers the burgeoning tradition of Balkan players who have represented Atleti down the years.
Meanwhile, Mario Suárez was in Florence today completing the formalities of his move to the Italian club, with official confirmation expected in the coming hours.
The details of his transfer are ambiguous, although the suggests are he’ll join the Viola on loan with an option to buy at the end of the 2015-16 season.
What do you make of Savić? A good replacement for Miranda? Will you be sad to see Mario go?