Atlético confirm capture of Vrsaljko on five-year deal

Much needed cover confirmed at right-back for Atlético defence

Vrsaljko signs for Atlético

Vrsaljko signs for Atlético

Atlético Madrid officially announced the signing of Sime Vrsaljko on Tuesday afternoon, with the Croatian international signing a five-year contract at the Vicente Calderón.

The 24-year-old Sassuolo player is reported to have joined for a fee of €16 million, and will provide some much needed cover at first for Juanfran in the right-back position.

“He’s a player with huge potential, though he has already shown his quality in a League as competitive as Serie A,” sporting director Caminero said on the official club website.

The Croatian can play on either side, and will offer some much needed support to both Juanfran and Filipe Luis, who between them struggled for a rest all season long.

“Playing in Atletico is a big challenge for me. I’m very happy,” the youngster said.

He immediately slots into the position of hardest player name to pronounce and spell.

More to follow…


  • Koke

    Great signing. Can’t say I know much about him beyond youtube highlights but a young talented fullback is one of the things this team needed most. Hopefully we can also buy a talented young left back as well; I’d love to see us get Jordan Amavi!

    Oh, and a world class striker of course.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Glad this guy signed. He will give us depth and let Juanfran rest from time to time. But where is our big striker purchase.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Gaitan, vrsaljko, now Costa or aubameyang but I won’t mind Eduardo Vargas he had a great tournament with chile and would fit Simeone’s style

  • nandes

    The young left back has already been signed, it’s Theo Hernandez aka Lucas’ brother from the B team

  • Ringo

    Is Jesús Gámez still with the team? In that case our defense is pretty complete. Perhaps if/when Manquillo returns, one of them could focus on the left back position, or challenge eachother for a spot on the right once Juanfran leaves/stops — a day I hope won’t come anytime soon.

    Good signing. A new striker might be nice, but we don’t necessarily need one, I think. If Vietto would leave, we could really use one though. I love Torres, but one striker for a whole season (if counting Correa and Griezmann as shadow strikers or something) is a little risky for a team in as many competitions as ours. Any news on the plans for Borja?

    Otherwise, Costa, Cavani or Aubameyang would all work for me (me talking about them as if they’re extremely easy to get). Higuaín could too, but I don’t know about him… Probably just me.

    With some of our opponents forcing us to cross a lot, I think he at least needs to be strong in the air. But a fast, agile and fairly strong one would be great too. Maybe just get Lewandowski to keep things simple 😉

  • Koke

    Is Theo Hernandez a left back? I thought I read that he was like Lucas, a player who can play left back but is better at center back. I could definitely be wrong though. If he is a left back, that’s awesome! I’ve heard great things about him