Luciano Vietto completed his move to Villarreal yesterday after signing a 5-year-deal. The 20-year-old Racing youth product moved for €5.5 million after Valencia opted not to utilise their first-option to buy.
Valencia are understood to have incoporated the option to purchase Vietto when they signed Rodrigo De Paul earlier in the window but decided against matching Villarreal’s offer.
Vietto becomes the latest Racing player to leave Avellaneda and having shown flashes of brilliance since making his debut it is perhaps a good time to make the step up to European football.
Diego Simeone gave Vietto his debut back in 2011 and since then he has gone on to play 73 times for Racing. In this time, he has scored 18 goals which appears underwhelming but given the state of Racing over this time, it doesn’t give the full picture.
Vietto is without question a huge talent and as a second striker, who is able to drop deep to pick up the ball as well as score a variety of goals, he could prove to be an absolute steal.
A teenage striker isolated up front for a struggling side is never like to impress a great deal but there have been plenty of occasions when Vietto has shone. Given Racing’s circumstance over the past few seasons a fresh start for Vietto is welcome and his development will be keenly watched by the national team.