Full Name: Eduardo Antonio Salvio
Squad Number: 8
DoB: 13 May 1990
Buyout Clause: Unknown
Previous Clubs: Lanús (2008-2010)
Eduardo Salvio did something that few players ever manage to do; come through the youth system of an already Championship winning side and instantly improve them. Following Lanús’ charge to the Argentinean Apertura in 2007, Salvio managed to break his way into the first team squad, making his debut on the 24th August 2008, netting his first goals just a few months later.
The wonderkid finished the season with nine goals and joint topscorer in the league, attracting the attention of some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.
Atlético made their interest known in July 2009 and were desperate to sign the young winger before any other club could snap him up, but struggled to raise the funds to match the price tag Lanús had slapped on their hottest prospect.
After off-loading former captain and Argentine international Maxi Rodríguez, Atlético signed Salvio in January 2010 for a fee of €8m. At the time Salvio had done wonders for his reputation by earning his first full international cap for Argentina under national team coach Diego Maradona. Salvio had already shone for Argentina at Under 17 level, being voted the best player at the 2007 Under 17 World Cup.
Recovering from an injury, it took Salvio a while to make his debut for Atlético. He was still adapting to football and life in Madrid, but was able to make a contribution to Atleti’s success in the Europa League and Copa del Rey. On 12 May 2010 Salvio was crowned a Europa League champion.
Due to the extracomunitario rule in Spain, which allows a club to subscribe just three players without a European passport, there was no place for Eduardo. The club preferred Sergio Agüero, Diego Godín and Diego Costa over the youngster and send him on a season long loan to Benfica.
In Lisbon the winger greatly impressed and Benfica considered using their €15m option to buy Salvio, but the club was unwilling to break their club transfer record and Atleti refused to drop their price. And so Toto returned to Madrid for the 2011/12 season, where this time he was included in the squad.