According to several reports in the Spanish media, Atlético is on the verge of finalising a deal with Corinthians for Elias Mendes Trinidade, known simply as Elias.
MARCA even reports that the deal for the 25-year old Brazilian midfielder, who can also play on the wing, was already signed on Thursday by Miguel Angel Gil Marín in Brazil.
Atleti is apparently set to pay €7m for the player, who would be joining the first team in January. Elias has been capped by the Brazilian national team three times, and currently plays alongside former Liga stars Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos at Corinthians.
The news comes out, suspiciously, a day after Atleti’s darkest hour of the season. Fans will be cautiously optimistic about this signing if it turns out to be true, with the cases of Eduardo Salvio and Cléber Santana all too fresh in their minds.
UPDATE: Reports in Brazil suggest that the player has confirmed the rumours and is set to join Atlético in January. Elias has said goodbye to Corinthians.