The complicated transfer of Argentinian youngster Luciano Vietto finally appears to have reached its conclusion, with Sevilla beating off Barcelona to seal a €3 million loan deal with the option to make the move permanent for €20 million.
It is understood that this transfer is in no way linked to the possible departure of Kevin Gameiro to Atletico Madrid but Diego Simeone’s side appear willing to simply get their money back on the 22-year-old after a disappointing season at the Estadio Vicente Calderón.
Vietto scored just three times in 28 matches for Atleti and never as a starter; after struggling with El Cholo’s intense training sessions, a change of scene for the youngster might be best for all concerned.
There is no doubting the former Racing forward’s talent and in theory it would seem that Jorge Sampaoli and Sevilla have pulled off a remarkable piece of business given that after what could be a potentially successful season, the Andulusians would pay the same amount that Atleti paid Villarreal last summer.
Vietto may join up with his new teammates for preseason in Germany as early as Tuesday with an official announcement expected imminently.
Sampaoli is being strongly linked with the vacant Argentina coach job despite just taking over at Sevilla.
The former Chile coach has rapidly brought in a number of Argentines and Vietto would be joining Nicolas Pareja, Matías Kranevitter, Joaquín Correa and Franco Vázquez at the club.