Luciano Vietto will imminently be a Barcelona player according to Catalan sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who claim that a €22 million fee has been agreed between the Spanish champions and Atlético Madrid.
The 22-year-old has failed to make much of an impact at the Estadio Vicente Calderón since making a €20 million from Villarreal last summer despite a reunion with Diego Simeone, the coach who handed the youngster his professional debut for Racing.
Rumours of Vietto’s departure from Atléti have been rife and although Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentine revolution at Sevilla appeared the more likely destination, Barcelona have moved swiftly to tie up a deal.
Mundo Deportivo report that a fee of €22 million has been agreed and all that remains is for Vietto to agree personal terms with Barcelona.
If concluded, Vietto will become the fifth signing in what will be a successful transfer window for Luis Enrique’s side, who have added some much needed depth and youth to the squad.
The young Argentine will provide backup for the established front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar and so regular playing time will be hard to come by, which after a difficult spell with Atlético is perhaps not what is needed.
Vietto was sensational earlier in his career with Villarreal and recapturing this form is vital for the 22-year-old’s progression.
Turning down a move to Barcelona and the chance to play alongside Lionel Messi would be virtually impossible but perhaps a place in the Sevilla starting eleven under Jorge Sampaoli would be more beneficial.