Porto have confirmed, through the Portuguese stock exchange, that they have struck an agreement with Atlético for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao García and Portuguese midfielder Rubén Micael.
The forward will reportedly join los Rojiblancos for a fee of €40 million plus €7 million more if incentives are met, smashing Atleti’s transfer record.
The 25-year-old will sign a five-year contract with los Colchoneros.
The deal for Falcao is the big, marquee signing many Atlético fans have been waiting for all summer long, ever since it was confirmed Sergio Agüero would not be coming back for another season.
Fans at the Vicente Calderón watching Atleti take on Vitória in Europa League action were surprised with the announcement at half time on the stadium monitors.
The Colombia international comes to the Vicente Calderón on the back of a hugely successful Europa League title-winning and record-breaking campaign with his former club.
Falcao scored 17 goals in the UEFA competition, surpassing Jürgen Klinsmann’s record of 15, including the match-winning strike in Porto’s 1-0 victory over Braga in the tournament’s final.
The front man bagged 39 goals in all competitions in 2010/11.
After Porto’s match against Vitória this past Sunday, Falcao reportedly said “Atlético is a great opportunity for my career”, hinting at Thursday’s official announcement.
Also signed, likely as a condition to release Falcao, was Portuguese midfielder Rubén Micael, for an additional fee of €5 million.
Known as simply Micael, the player will be loaned out to Real Zaragoza for one season, according to Telemadrid.