Borja Bastón will play in the Premier League next season, with Swansea City confirming the signing of the Atlético striker on Thursday afternoon.
The 23 year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Welsh side, and will be their record signing having gone for a fee in the region of €18million.
After five years out on loan and a total of 20 years at the club overall, Borja leaves Atlético having played just once for the first team.
Many asked for the canterano to be given a chance following an excellent campaign with Eibar last season, but sadly he never seemed to be in Simeone’s plans.
Although €18m represents a good fee given he had just one year remaining on his contract, reports state that Atleti have NOT negotiated a buy-back clause.
Borja made his debut against Getafe back in May 2010, but lasted only twenty minutes as a substitute before rupturing his ACL and seeing his career put to a halt.
It was heartbreak for the then 17 year-old, who spent eight months on the sidelines and needed a few years trying to regain his pre-injury form.
However, he has gone from strength to strength whilst out on loan, scoring 63 league goals in five separate spells including 40 in the last two seasons with Zaragoza and Eibar.
“I want to repay the transfer fee paid for me with good performances and results,” he told Swansea’s official website. “Hopefully I can score a lot of goals.”
“It is the most important decision of my career. I want to settle and spend several years here. I am eager to contribute to the success of the team.”
Borja’s exit is expected to be first of many over the next few weeks, with Óliver, Manquillo, Velázquez, Bernard Mensah and Diogo Jota among others all set for moves away.
How do you feel about Borja’s sale? Would you have kept him in the squad this season?