It was clear for a couple of days that Juanfran was set to join Atlético, but today the transfer was finally made official.
After the winger cleared the medical examination by doctor Villalón, he was presented to the fans and press at the Vicente Calderón in the afternoon.
Juanfran, who celebrated his 26th birthday earlier this week, was visibly excited by his move back to Madrid.
“I’m honoured to put on the Atlético shirt and to become a part of this club.
“My friends have told me Atleti is like a family. I hope to be part of this club and this family for many years to come.”
Our new number 20 then reflected on his past for Real Madrid, our eternal rivals and opponents in the Copa del Rey tomorrow.
“I’ve played at Real Madrid, Espanyol and Osasuna before. I’ve learned a lot at those clubs, but this is a new step in my career. I want to demonstrate my qualities to the fans and hope they will recognise my hard work.”
Osasuna revealed on their website that the transfer fee involved is €4.25m which could go up by half a million more if certain incentives are met.
The site also gave light to additional contract details. As part of the deal Ibrahima Baldé will move to Osasuna on a permanent transfer this summer, although we hold an option to buy the Senegalese striker back.
We’ve also granted los Rojillos a first refusal option for Cédric, which means that if a third club makes an offer for Cedric, Osasuna will reserve the right to buy him if they can match the offer. Both Africans currently play for Numancia in the Liga Adelante.
Quique Sánchez Flores didn’t hesitate for a second with Juanfran’s arrival and has included his newest signing in the match selection for tomorrow’s cup clash.
The coach, who played for Real for two seasons, also has Elias at his disposal. The Brazilian authorities finally transmitted the necessary papers and the Brazilian midfielder is now allowed to play.
A player no longer under Quique’s command is Juanito. In the summer we reported Juanito was free to leave, but he decided to stick around as no Spanish clubs were willing or able to meet his demands.
Today it was announced that the 34-year old centre back agreed to terminate his contract after he barely featured in our first team this season. The only match he played in was our 1-1 draw against Las Palmas in November, after we had already won the first leg of the Copa del Rey clash 5-0.
The defender is the fourth player to leave this transfer window after the exits of Simão, Camacho and Asenjo, and there is a small chance he may be followed out the door by Diego Forlán.
In Italy the media continuously link the Uruguayan to Juventus and after the Old Lady lost three of their forwards to injuries they may decide to make a push for the double Pichichi winner.
Topscorer Fabio Quagliarella is missing until the end of the season and with Amauri and Iaquinta also sidelined, the Bianconeri have few options up front.
According to La Gazetta dello Sport the Italians hope to take Cacha on loan, but Juve director Beppe Marotta is quoted as saying:
“Atlético have valued Forlán at €15m and he also earns four million on wages. To buy him would be a significant financial investment.”
To sweeten the deal Marco Motta might be involved in the transfer, as we have expressed an interest in the 23-year old right-back before.
There are still 19 days left in January’s transfer window and we think there might be more announcements by Atlético in the coming weeks. Make sure to check back with us often!