Atlético reportedly sign Júlio Alves
AS reports that, according to the Portuguese Lusa news agency, Atlético will pay Rio Ave €2.5 million for midfielder Júlio Regufe Alves.
The 20-year-old will apparently travel to Madrid within the coming days to finalise his transfer.
One particular aspect of the deal that will almost certainly draw scorn from the Rojiblanco faithful is that the Portuguese youngster is represented by super agent Jorge Mendes.
Back in January, Mendes convinced our directors to shell out €7m for centre midfielder Elias, who doesn’t have a European passport, when we desperately needed a left-winger to replace Simão.
Alves, who is the brother of well-known veteran centre-back Bruno Alves, would join his new team-mates much later in the summer, as he has been called up by the Portuguese U-20 side that will participate in the U-20 World Cup in Colombia.
The youngster spent the first half of the 2010/11 season on loan at Ribeirao, where he featured in two matches and scored a single goal. He returned to Rio Ave in January, appearing in nine games (three as a starter).
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