According to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Borussia Dortmund has reached an agreement to sign Óliver Torres from Atlético Madrid on a four-and-a-half year deal.
Óliver, one of Atleti’s brightest youth products in recent years, has struggled to make the most of his gametime for los Rojiblancos so far this season and was said to be unhappy about the opportunities coming his way.
It was rumoured that the young Spaniard was to be looking for a loan move, however the super-reliable Di Marzio claims that a permanent move has been agreed.
According to the journalist, Oliver has reached a deal that will take him until the summer of 2020 with Borussia Dortmund, despite interest in the 21-year-old from Roma. Di Marzio says that Óliver preferred a move to the Bundesliga.
There’s not word yet on fee, however Atleti will be expecting a significant chunk for a youngster well thought of at the Vicente Calderón, but one that doesn’t fit into Diego Simeone’s system, much to the dismay of Atlético fans on the whole.
With the transfer ban on the horizon, you question the logic of a permanent deal, when a loan would have played better into Atlético’s hand.
Óli spent the year on loan at Porto last season, and impressed in the run to the Champions League quarter-finals.
We talked about how Óliver should stay and fight for his place this season, but that boat looks to have sailed already.
More to follow…