Racing’s 20-year-old striker, Luciano Vietto finally looks set to be sealing his predicted move to Europe as La Liga side, Villarreal have agreed a fee of $7.5 million. Valencia reportedly have first-option on Vietto as part of the deal that took Rodrigo De Paul to the Mestalla, and so it remains to be seen if they will rival El Submarino Amarillo.
The reports in Argentina are indicating that Villarreal have agreed a fee of $7.5 million with Racing President, Victor Blanco for 80% ownership of Vietto, the jewel in Racing’s recent academy products.
The only doubt over this move is the fact that Valencia have the first-option on Vietto. Los Che were keen to take both Vietto and Rodrigo De Paul earlier but opted only for the latter. However, not wanting to miss out on such a known talent as Vietto, Valencia added the clause regarding the sale of Vietto to the deal with Racing for De Paul. It remains to be seen if they wish to match Villarreal’s offer.
For Vietto the move is perhaps overdue. Since making his debut for Racing at 17 the striker has attracted a huge amount of speculation from the biggest sides in world football and although he is undoubtedly a player of huge potential his career has stagnated in recent seasons at Racing.
Still only 20, the move to Villarreal, a side who are adept at developing young players and will be willing to give Vietto opportunities, could be an excellent move for his progression.
Vietto will be hoping to fare better than some of the most recent Racing graduates who have moved to Europe. Valentín Viola, Luis Fariña, and Ricardo Centurion have all endured difficult times since signing for European sides but this failure has done nothing to slow the movement of players out of El Cilindro de Avellaneda.
Racing will now have to cope with the loss of three important players ahead of the Torneo Transición. As predicted back in April, Rodrigo de Paul, Bruno Zuculini and now Luciano Vietto have all traded Avellaneda for Europe and left a gap for new Racing boss, Diego Cocca to fill.