Linked with a move away from Liniers for well over a year, Vélez Sarsfield playmaker Matías Vargas finally made the jump to Europe on Sunday with Spanish club Espanyol agreeing a €10.5 million transfer.
Vélez had been holding out for a figure close to Vargas’ release clause of €12 million and despite Boca Juniors being linked with a move, an overseas switch was always preferred with Espanyol eventually winning the race.
Terms between the two clubs and the player agreed, the 22-year-old flew on Sunday with the Blanquiazules confirming the transfer on their official Twitter. Vargas left only to complete his medical and put pen to paper on a contract that will run until June 2024 with the player’s presentation already scheduled for Wednesday at 5pm.
— RCD Espanyol de Barcelona (@RCDEspanyol) July 14, 2019
While Vargas’ €12 million release clause always made him an alluring target for European clubs, Espanyol have been quick to safeguard their new asset and a reported €50 million clause will be inserted in Monito’s five-year deal.
Despite there being no shortage of young talent still coming through at Vélez with the likes of Thiago Almada and Alvaro Barreal likely to play a greater first team role this season, the loss of Vargas will be felt.
Five goals and four assists last season as Vélez finished sixth following up a season in which Vargas was second only to Cristian Pavón in top flight assists illustrate just how important the academy star has been to Gabriel Heinze.
🇦🇷🤝🇪🇸 Se llegó a un acuerdo con el @RCDEspanyol por la transferencia de Matías Vargas ⚽💪🏻 ¡Éxitos!
— Vélez Sarsfield (@Velez) July 14, 2019