After months of speculation and rumours, Atlético Madrid look finally set to sign Matías Kranevitter from River Plate, in a deal said to be worth €8 million.
It is reported that the fee is for 60% of the player’s rights.
After River Plate’s match last night, Kranevitter packed his bags and hopped on a plane to Madrid. His next destinations will be the FREMAP clinic, where he will perform his medical, and the Vicente Calderón where the young Argentine will sign his contract with Atlético.
“Tomorrow I have my flight to Spain where I’ll finish the deal with Atlético Madrid,” said Kranevitter after River’s 2-1 loss on Sunday evening.
If all goes according to plan, the 22-year-old midfielder will sign his four-year contract, but remain at River Plate on loan until January.
The rumours of Kranevitter’s arrival started in May, when ‘Cholo’ Simeone announced his interest in the youngster, touted by many as ‘the new Mascherano’.
“I’ve known Mammana ever since he was a kid and we’ve been keeping an eye on Kranevitter whenever he plays for River,” said Simeone. “My son is also there and we know he’s a good midfielder. They both have a great future.”
Now as the summer transfer window is coming to a close, it seems as if ‘Cholo’ finally has the midfielder he’s been wanting.
Kranevitter is constantly compared to Mascherano and it’s easy to see why. His precise passing, positioning and ball awareness have helped him become one of Argentina’s most promising young players.
His contributions in the Copa Libertadores, where he was the player with the most completed passes in the tournament, helped River Plate win the tournament.
If both River Plate and FC Barcelona make it to the Club World Cup Final, Kranevitter will have a chance to give River Plate a trophy as a parting gift,
Kranevitter’s performances have also earned him his first call up for the senior Argentina squad.
Joining Kranevitter will be his soon-to-be squad mate, Ángel Correa who was also called up for the matches against Bolivia and Mexico.
The future of Argentina’s brightest talents is in Simeone’s hands.
How do you feel about the move? Does this spell the end for anyone at Atlético?