After his team’s 1-0 loss to Porto in the Europa League final in Dublin on Wednesday, Braga defender Sílvio Manuel Azevedo Ferreira Sá Pereira, better known as simply ‘Sílvio’, admitted he will be signing with Atlético this summer.
“I confirm that I am going to Atlético Madrid,” he told the Portuguese press. “It was my last game in a Braga shirt. I’m going to face a very attractive challenge in Spain, where I hope to be happy.”
As we reported about three weeks back, the versatile 23-year-old is a natural right back who can also play on the left flank. In fact, he operated as a left back in the Europa League final, though Porto’s powerful striker Hulk proved to be a major nuisance for him throughout the clash.
Sílvio, whose transfer fee has not been revealed yet, is regarded as an effective defender with exceptional attacking skills, and has been capped by the Portuguese national team three times. He is one of the three players that are said to be joining Atlético for the 2011-12 campaign, after 26-year-old central defender Miranda of Sao Paulo, and 23-year-old striker Adrián López of Deportivo.