Atlético Madrid have this evening confirmed the signing of midfielder Bernard Mensah on an undisclosed fee from Portuguese outfit Vitória Guimarães.
The 20 year-old becomes our fifth official summer acquisition, and will immediately be loaned to La Liga neighbours Getafe for the upcoming campaign.
Mensah has signed a six-year deal with the colchoneros, although eyebrows may be raised by the fact that he is another sent from the factory of Jorge Mendes.
Despite that however, the Ghanaian is highly rated and has a year’s senior experience under his belt, and was one of the breakthrough stars in the Primeira Liga last season, alongside new teammate Óliver Torres.
Primarly an attacking midfielder, his five goals and six assists – the joint highest total in the division – earned interest from Valencia and Manchester United among others.
Last month he debuted for his native Ghana in a friendly against Togo, and scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win.
He will link up with former Atleti assistant manager Fran Escribá at Getafe this year, and may well be joined by compatriot Thomas, as well as Borja Bastón, Lucas Hernández and Javier Manquillo who are all supposedly on the capital club’s radar.
After an impressive spell last season, Emiliano Velázquez is also set re-join Geta for a second year on loan after the red and whites’ Asia tour, and Mensah will be hoping for similar success in his time at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.
Any insight on Mensah? Is Getafe a good place for our youngsters to develop?